Research from a team of Oxford University found out that playing Video games can “boost your mental health“. The research by the Oxford University analyzed the effects of playing two popular video games: Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” and Electronic Arts’ “Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbor Ville.”
The designers of the games shared anonymized information about how long every member had played. These logs were then connected to a review in which the players responded to inquiries regarding their prosperity.
A sum of 3,274 gamers participated. All were more than 18 in the age. The result was quite surprising. He mentioned, “Our findings show video games aren’t necessarily bad for your health. There are other psychological factors which have a significant effect on a person’s well-being,” he further mentioned.
“If you play Animal Crossing for four hours a day, every single day, you’re likely to say you feel significantly happier than someone who doesn’t” Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and the study’s lead author, said.
The researchers hope the study will introduce a higher standard of evidence to discussions about the concept of video game addiction, or digital harms in general. Video games are often considered bad for you, if you are playing games so much that it is interfering with the rest of your everyday life: family, work, education and friends. However, spending some time playing or simply being in a playful mood is essential to being human, so long as you don’t do it excessively.