When you think about film and movies in general, the first idea that comes to mind is entertainment.
Paying the ticket for a show in front of the big screen or sitting on the sofa to watch a film on television or on some internet platform are actions that seem naturally associated with fun and popcorn.
What we often do not think or do not notice is that watching movies has a series of benefits that we know with the help of online and answers. Different benefits are given below
- Relax and reduce stress:
The first benefit is the most obvious, and the one that is most related to the entertainment highlighted at the beginning: the cinema relaxes and reduces anxiety and stress. When we watch a movie, we “forget” for a while about the rest of the world to focus only on what is happening on the screen. Unlike reading, which is a more active process, enjoying cinema is a passive activity: it is much easier to relax, disconnect, take a mental break. And reducing stress, of course, has multiple positive effects on mental and physical health as well.
- Send positive messages to children:
Children’s films often fulfil the role of the old fables, those that had – as the dictionary explains – a “didactic or critical intention frequently manifested in a final moral”. In films, in general, the moral does not appear explicitly, but positive values such as generosity, respect, companionship and friendship are transmitted in a clear and forceful way, which represent authentic teaching for the little ones.
- Burns calories and improves the response of the nervous system:
This is one of the most surprising benefits: Horror movies help burn calories and therefore contribute to physical health. This was confirmed by a study published in 2012 by experts from the University of Westminster, in the United Kingdom. The researchers came to that conclusion after analyzing the heart rate and the levels of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide expelled by a group of volunteers while watching scary movies.
- Provides general culture:
Watching helps the audience increase what is often called “general culture” in two different and complementary ways. On the one hand, those set in distant times or places help to know historical episodes and how people lived or live in civilizations very different from ours. It is true that (except for documentaries) cinema is fiction and it is always advisable to be suspicious of the representations that are seen on the screen, but the general idea that they transmit at least tends to be closer to reality.
On the other hand, many films themselves become part of the cultural heritage of a society or of an era, and are the object after multiple references in other films, in literature, television and other disciplines. Not having seen classics like Star Wars or Terminator does not prevent you from enjoying products that allude to them countless times (such as The Simpsons), but you do enjoy them much more when you know the model original.
- It is a way to practice other languages:
The arrival of DVD and streaming platforms has meant the possibility of accessing movies in their original language. This is a great way to get acquainted with other languages, and they are especially useful for people who study them. Of course, English is the language that offers the most products, not only in terms of films but also – even more noticeably – in the universe of series, but cinema is also a way to get closer to other languages, both European like the rest of the world.