When it comes to being a top gamer, many people say reactions and hand-eye-coordination are the major factors that separate the best from the rest. But is this true, and are gamers really better than the average Joe?
To answer this question, a new experiment from Ebuyer allowed users to test their skills in two games, designed to compare how gamers and non-gamers perform at simple tasks. With one game measuring hand-eye coordination and one measuring reaction time, the stage was set to see who would win… the Gamers or the Non-Gamers.
Gamers vs. Non-Gamers
The first game, which tested hand-eye coordination by getting the user to hit arrow keys when the corresponding shape reaches the top of a circle, revealed that, on average, gamers achieved a slightly better score than non-gamers (293 vs. 162).
The second game, which tested reaction speeds by getting the user to click a green circle and wait for the color to change, revealed that, on average, gamers are able to react within 699 ms (milliseconds) compared to non-gamers who scored 731 ms (milliseconds).
Overall, when observing the results from the experiment, it’s evident that gamers have better reaction time and hand-eye coordination. I took the test and I don’t consider myself a gamer. It took only about two minutes to complete both the study. To test your reactions against gamers and non-gamers use you can try here. Reaction data was captured via the tool here.