Don't fiddle with things, stop eating chocolate, don't play those video games—how many times have we been warned to stop doing things that are bad for us? Thanks to research, however, we now know that many of those "bad" things are actually good and can benefit our mental and physical health. Of course, in many cases moderation is key. A glass of red wine in the evening may improve your heart, but five glasses at a sitting will make your liver a cesspool. Click through the gallery to see how science and medicine have turned the tables on "bad" habits.
Your parents, for example, might tell you that playing video games will turn you into a mush-brained zombie, but research suggests that playing action video games such as Call of Duty can improve creativity, decision-making and perception. In a study, people who played action video games were able to make accurate decisions up to 25 percent faster than those who played more passive strategy-based video games. Female video game players were also better able to manipulate 3D objects.
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