Surprising Benefits in Tabletop Gaming
As Patrick Allen over at Lifehacker has pointed out, there are quite a few surprising benefits to roleplaying games. Naturally we'd expect most of these benefits to extend to wargames and of course board & card gaming.
The first obviously would be the benefit of making new friends through table-top gaming. But there is often a subtle unrecognized growth in social skills development that you get through conversation. And let's not forget that with most gaming you get to flex your brain through use of tactics, learning how to work as a team and problem solving skills.
However roleplaying is often unique from other types of tabletop gaming because it requires you to work through a dynamic and often an unpredictable story. It doesn't matter if you are the Game Master running the game or one of the players. Playing your character's personality through the game's adventure and the situations that unexpectedly occur require a high degree of creativity. Over time you simply get better thinking outside the box and that has real world benefits.
In short, gaming is a useful hobby. You meet new people and can develop a number of new skills. If you don't believe me, read the full article at Lifehacker. It's called "The Surprising Benefits of Role-Playing Games (and How to Get Started)." You can read the entire article on their site.