In research led by Andrew Przybylski, it has been possible to suggest that video games can help mental health
Any scientific work with video games is guaranteed to have very interesting results. After all, for many, games represent a large part of their lives. Knowing the different effects that they can have ends up causing certain reflections on the meaning of this hobby. Many of the people who enjoy video games are depressed or mentally ill. This fact leads to the question: what effects can they have on mental health? And the good news is that new results suggest that these have a positive effect.
This was one of the first studies to be done using played time as a unit of information. What this team from the University of Oxford did was link psychological questionnaires with a complete record of each person’s playing hours. Rather than just working with the time each patient is allotted (which can have a lot of gaps), this gives the studies a better chance to resemble reality. Led by Andrew Przybylshi, this team has rethought the way to obtain scientific knowledge from the interaction with video games.
On the subject of Mental Health, Przybylshi commented that:
[The study] shows that if you play Animal Crossing for four hours a day, you’ll be a much happier human being, but it’s only interesting because all the other research before this one was done so badly. I’m very confident that if the investigation continues, we’ll know more about what we consider toxic in video games, and we’ll have evidence for those things as well.
So, if you want to feel a little calmer, maybe Animal Crossing can give you a hand with your relaxation.