Playing video games for a long time will not affect your well-being

This study contradicts a previous review on the same issue. | Victoria_Art via Pixabay

Some think they make you nervous, others think they make you happier. However, unless you dedicate more than ten hours a day to it, video games have no effect on players’ morale. In any case, this is evidenced by a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science and broadcast by the BBC.

To conduct this study, researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute surveyed 39,000 gamers about their feelings (anger, joy, sadness, frustration) to measure their level of well-being. They also collected data from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

According to their findings, playing video games every day has no real impact on morale. On the other hand, it may refer to the motives that push the player to the game: in order to feel good, it is necessary to engage in this practice out of desire, and not out of obligation or submission to any addiction.

This study contradicts a survey published in 2020, also conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute, which found that people who play video games longer are bound to be happier. But in general, “common sense suggests that if you have more free time for video games, you are probably a happier person,” says Professor Andrew Przybylski, who worked on both studies.


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