Video games are a widely popular spare activity for individuals, as well as a complaint for many parents. Video games can definitely be a time filler, an escape, or some may even call them a distraction. If not careful, just like any other activity, if not done in moderation, it can impact a person’s life adversely. But, for the most part, and for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the benefits. Hand/eye coordination, mental stimulation and focus/concentration,and emotional support, just to name a few.
I have a handful of clients who turn to video games as a means of coping with life’s stressors. It gives them something else to focus on outside of their world. It is an aspect they feel can be controlled, especially if the same can’t be said about their life. They also offer a community of support amongst other gamers. Verizon, the mobile service, has taken notice of this fact, and is trying to make an impact. Particularly, they are reaching out to veterans. They have created a gaming tournament, which is going into its second year. Last year $30,000 was raised and donated to 4 military charities. This year, the goal is $100,000. The tournament starts on August 8. So, to learn more about the tournament and/or to learn how to donate, visit the below link.