This time of year, our nation’s firing ranges are routinely booked with dedicated citizens looking to shore up their firing skills before the big night. If you delayed making an appointment at your favorite gallery or don’t live in the country where there’s plenty of open space to practice, you might be surprised to learn that there are alternatives—inside your own home.
Researchers at Brown University have spent the past several years conducting a study on videogames and their impact on Purge proceedings, namely handgun accuracy and sudden movement response times. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results show that first-person shooter videogames play a dramatic part in improving aim and response. Subjects that played, on average, 10 hours of videogames a week were 15% more likely to hit a real world target on their first try. Meanwhile, subjects that played no videogames reacted 30% slower to a sudden attack or assault when compared to those that routinely played games.
This is a decided turn away from the old adage that a videogame rots one’s brain. With studies like these, the next time a parent tells their child to unplug, they may have to consider the benefits such games possess and how those benefits are also helping to heal our great nation.