Playing video games can boost your mental health: Study
New Delhi : Playing video games regularly can boost your mental health, finds a study by researchers at Oxford University.
With more people stuck in their homes amid pandemic, the video game sales boosted this year and the researchers got a good topic to research upon its impact mentally on humans.
The findings in the study have been derived from survey responses from people who played two games, 'Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville' and 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'.
For the first time, the data was provided by the game makers - Electronic Arts and Nintendo of America – on how much time people spent playing the games.
The researchers at Oxford University found the actual amount of time spent playing was a small but significant positive factor in people's well-being.
They claimed that the amount enjoyment that people get after playing games could impact their mental health drastically.
The results could cast doubt on long-held assumptions that gaming causes aggression or addiction, though the authors acknowledge they are only a snapshot.