Oxford University Study Suggests That Playing Games Is Good For Your Mental Health

In a new study by Oxford University, it has been suggested that video games can be good for your mental wellbeing. What makes this particular study interesting is that it was the first of its kind to be done using actual play-time data, allowing the Oxford team to link up psychological questionnaires with the total time spent playing games according to cloud saves. Past studies about the mental effects of video games relied on test subjects to self-report how much time they’d spent on a game, which resulted in inaccurate results.

For the test, Nintendo’s leisurely Animal Crossing: New Horizons and EA’s quirky Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville action game were used.

“This is about bringing games into the fold of psychology research that’s not a dumpster fire,” lead researcher on the project Andrew Przybylski explained to The Guardian. “This lets us explain and understand games as a leisure activity. It was a quest to figure out is data collected by gaming companies vaguely useful for academic and health policy research?”

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