Oxford University Scientist Says, Playing Video Games Benefits Mental Health

Scientists at the University of Oxford found that the players experiencing genuine enjoyment from the games experienced a more positive wellbeing. (Stock image)

Playing video games could have a positive impact on a person’s wellbeing, scientists at the University of Oxford have claimed.

Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute accessed the data of two games, Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, in order to investigate the relationship between game play behaviour and mental health.

The scientists, who worked with Electronic Arts and Nintendo of America, found that players experiencing genuine enjoyment from the games saw an improvement in their mental health.

Professor Andrew Przybylski, lead author of the study and director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute, said the findings show ‘video games aren’t necessarily bad for your health’ and there are other psychological factors which have a significant effect on a person’s wellbeing.

During the research, some 518 players of Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and 2,756 players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons were asked to answer a survey on their experiences.

Though researchers admit the study only provides a snapshot, they also say that a player’s subjective experiences during play might be a bigger factor for wellbeing than mere play time.

Players experiencing genuine enjoyment from the games experience more positive wellbeing, the paper claims.

Professor Przybylski said: ‘Previous research has relied mainly on self-report surveys to study the relationship between play and wellbeing.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Bhvishya Patel

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