Indulge a little; it won’t kill you—in fact, it could actually benefit you.
Spending your nights playing World of Warcraft won’t help your social life. But it will help your brain box. Scientists at the Office of Naval Research say that video games can help adults process information much faster and improve their abilities to reason and solve problems. Results from one ONR study show that video game players score 10 to 20 percent higher in terms of perceptual and cognitive ability than non-game players. The ONR has no results, however, on how video game players score in terms of women.
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