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Most people think video games are a huge waste of time. Your parents probably judge you for playing Call of Duty too much when you’re home from school over break, your boyfriend/girlfriend is probably wondering why you spend all your time on your Xbox and not with them, and your professors probably think you were too busy playing FIFA to study for your test. But, are video games really just a useless means of procrastination? Or do they actually do your brain some good?

I wouldn’t call myself a gamer, but I do play a lot of computer games and have played my fair share of Playstation/Nintendo/etc games. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few things that video games could actually be good for. First of all, to be good at video games, you have to have patience and good attention to detail. You also have to have focus, be good at strategy, and have awesome problem-solving skills. All of these are A) qualities that help you to be more intelligent, and B) key qualities that employers and recruiters look for in job applicants. Obviously, you don’t want to go overboard and have video games take over your life, but a little bit goes a long way, right?

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. This new video from AsapSCIENCE discusses a new study that shows that playing a moderate amount of video games might actually make you smarter. Check out the video below to find out more!

How often do you play video games?