How video games can help improve mental health

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According to Oxford University, it is now proven that video games are able to help improve mental health.

As there is barely anything to do during the pandemic, many people fill their time with video games. After many games that were played, such as Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Plants vs Zombies, they have been studied and the results are truly interesting.

ABC news reports that, “In a first, the study used data provided by the game makers, Electronic Arts and Nintendo of America, on how much time the respondents spent playing, unlike previous research that relied on imprecise estimates from the players.”

Roblox
Roblox, one of the most popular games, that is played by many kids and teens.

Apparently, at the Oxford Internet Institute, researchers have found that the amount of playing time on these games were small and a “significant positive factor in people’s well-being… the level of enjoyment that players get from a game could be a more important factor for their well-being than mere playing time.”

 

Even though video games can cause aggression and addiction, Andrew Przybylski, the institute’s director of research, explains “Our findings show video games aren’t necessarily bad for your health; there are other psychological factors which have a significant effect on a persons’ well-being. In fact, play can be an activity that relates positively to people’s mental health – and regulating video games could withhold those benefits from players.”

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