The study suggests that experiences of competence and social connection with others during gaming can contribute to a person’s well-being
An Oxford University study released on November 16 suggests that playing video games can be positively associated with mental well-being. The study, conducted by researchers at the university’s Oxford Internet Institute, focused on industry data on actual play time for two popular games, Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
“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. 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,” said Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and lead author of the study. The study suggests that experiences of competence and social connection with others during gaming can contribute to a person’s well-being.
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