Phone and computer game apps sometimes get a lousy rap – but are they really all that bad?
I’ll readily admit that sometimes after a long day, I look forward to plopping down on the couch with my phone. There’s something so relaxing about playing a simple game that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.
So why do I feel guilty about it? And should I?
What Game Apps Do to Our Brains
I expected to find a lot of scientists and doctors warning us to put down our phones. However, what I found is just the opposite – it’s actually good news!
Research shows that mental stimulation, including that from technology, can produce positive changes in our brains. There is even evidence that asserts “brain training” and possibly game apps can help you better perform some tasks and take control of your emotions.
What about game apps that are just that, a game? That don’t make any bold claims to improve our mental capacity, but are simply meant to be FUN, like one of my favorite apps, Panda Pop. Cute pandas, new levels added every Tuesday, and game play that is both challenging and relaxing at the same time — what’s not to love?!
While the jury is still out on just how effective game apps are for improving brain function, there is one thing that is not disputed. Playing phone and computer game apps can actually make you feel happier.
It’s science, ya’ll – achieving a milestone or positive outcome in a game triggers the release of the neurochemical dopamine, the “pleasure chemical.”
So when you say that playing your favorite game app relaxes you, it’s not simply an excuse. Your phone really can help boost your mood and lower your stress levels.
There’s No Shame in Your Game
As long as playing game apps isn’t interfering with taking care of your responsibilities, there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying them!
Honestly, there are a lot of other dangerous things people do to deal with stress. Playing a fun game to let your brain relax seems pretty harmless in comparison!
So go ahead, download Panda Pop (it’s free!), and get happy! You’ve earned it!
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Disclosure: This post is for entertainment purposes only; I am not a medical professional. I am a Panda Pop ambassador and was compensated for this post.