Gaming mindfully changes how we game
If we game with a purpose could children benefit more from gaming?
Gaming has become a household activity. Parents have had difficulties with children gaming too much. If the parent is not involved in the game; how is one suppose to understand there is no ending to the game?
- The player does not know when to stop gaming.
- If the game has not ended then how does the player know when to stop playing?
- Mindfulness could be the answer to all the problems.
- First, what is mindfulness and how does it relate to children gaming?
The practice of bringing one’s attention the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. Read more here
How does it relate to children who play video games?
Currently, 9% of children in the USA have been diagnosed with a type of ADHD or resistant behavior while acting on impulses (Monteiro, 2015). In contrast teachers and parents are concerned with their child’s misbehavior in social contexts and lack of concentration. Each of these effects your child’s development and cognitive functioning. Cognitive functioning is often related to your child’s self-regulation and ability to maintain focus; lack of these can result in learning disabilities (Monteiro, 2015). Therefore, researchers have established a clearer understanding the relationship of self-regulation and game play among children.
Researchers have studied the facts behind the impacts of mindful gaming. The findings revealed that awareness while gaming promotes self-regulation related to gaming, positive behaviors, and completion of their homework (Monterey, 2015). The researcher explained that the ability to regulate attention develops gradually over the course of one’s life. Mindfulness interventions were shown to help gamers progress toward goals.
How can your child practice Mindfulness Gaming?
- Play online games with others and achieve goals.
- Play games such as Tetris to practice intensive adaptability.
- Play games that require decision making and the opportunity to engage other players.
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Monteiro, M. P. (2015). The impact of a mindfulness-based attentional skills training program on school related self-regulation skills of elementary school children (Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi).