As winter lockdowns force people indoors, stoking fears of a continent-wide mental health crisis, there’s some good news for those who have turned to video games to while away the hours inside.
Upending conventional wisdom, a groundbreaking report on gaming from Oxford University has found that time spent playing could be positively affecting people’s wellbeing.
The director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute and the lead author of the study said, “Through access to data on people’s playing time, for the first time we’ve been able to investigate the relation between actual game play behavior and subjective wellbeing.”
And the findings suggest that far from being definitively bad for players’ wellbeing, playing video games “can be an activity that relates positively to people’s mental health.”
The study goes on to indicate that players who experienced genuine enjoyment from the games tended to experience more positive wellbeing.