While the world hunkers down again until the reinforcements can get injected into our veins, how do we keep our sanity during the longest winter ever? We do have one strong ally in this fight, according to science; video games. It’s the answer you knew and felt in your soul, but according to a new academic study, playing video games during lockdown can have a marked improvement on your mental health.
We are not those buzzkill people that say gaming is only for kids, in fact, we have one of the best gaming communities on the interwebs. And thanks to this study from the University of Oxford, we can now count science as our ally in fighting for more gaming time. The study showed a positive effect on mental well-being from playing video games, noting the length of playing didn’t diminish those returns. So, in other words, playing marathon sessions still isn’t bad for you (someone please tell my wife IT’S SCIENCE).
The study noted the calming effect games can provide, along with the engaging aspects of gaming that don’t exist with watching TV. The findings were based on data and interviews with thousands of players of Plants V. Zombies and Animal Crossing, and the study’s author said playing video games clearly are not bad for your health.
“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,” he said.
— Twinfinite (@Twinfinite) November 16, 2020
So, there you have it, plain as day; science says we can game as much as we want during the lockdown, and anyone trying to get in our way is clearly attacking our mental health. So bring on the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5, because that’s the only way to get through this winter.