Study Shows That Video Games Are Good For Your Well-Being
It's official: Video games are good for us. Well, at least, more than our parents thought. According to the Oxford Internet Institute, people who play video games for long periods of time feel happier. Basically, video games are good for our well-being.
The researchers looked at two games to come up with the conclusion: Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons and EA's Plants vs Zombies. Sure, it's not Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption but we're getting somewhere with gaming's benefits. Baby steps.
Participants were asked to answer a survey linked to their well-being, while game developers shared data on gameplay length for each. In total, 3,274 gamers over the age of 18 took part in the study.
Older studies have linked longer playing times to unhappiness. But, the researchers say both games in the study had social features that allow interaction between other players as a benefit.
"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," says lead author Andrew Przybylski. "That doesn't mean Animal Crossing by itself makes you happy."
The researchers say more studies need to be made on other games to build more theories. Pryzbylski also called on game developers to lend similar data to help the initiative.