Monday, February 20, 2012

In The News: Improve Your Eyesight by Shooting Foreigners

A recent article on The Escapist website offers some scientific evidence that video games may actually be good for your eyesight in certain situations.  Of course, this goes against much long-held wisdom that staring at a screen for hours on end is bad for your eyes. 

The findings are being reported by Psychologist Daphne Maurer, who has worked with the idea of perception in the past.  She has also studied cataracts and how they can effect people's vision during treatment.

One bit of information is particularly important:  the study only worked with those who have cataracts.  So, if you came here hoping you could ditch the glasses or contacts by playing ten hours of video games, sorry to disappoint you.

Still, the findings are interesting.  Particularly, the faster paced, more visually stimulative games had a greater impact on study participants than slower ones.  Of special mention was Call of Duty, which seemed to have a high impact on participant's sight.

Who knew Call of Duty was good for you?

If you want more information, here's the original article The Escapist cited:  The Daily Mail.

The next time a Call of Duty marathon gets in the way of your work or studies, just tell your boss (or professor) that you were doing it for your eyes.

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