Oxford Researchers Claim That Video Gaming Can Benefit Mental Health

Players experience genuine enjoyment whilst playing video games and can make people happier

Oxford Researchers Claim That Video Gaming Can Benefit Mental Health
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According to research conducted by Oxford, playing video games can actually benefit players in a positive way and can improve the well-being of an individual.

The Oxford University conducted research on 3,274 players based on two popular video game titles Animal Crossing: New Horizon & Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville. The studies just that the time and the experience are the two major forces that derive genuine enjoyment and positive well-being.

According to Andrew Przybylski, lead researcher for this study commented: "The experiences during play maybe even more important than the actual amount of time a player invests in games and could play a major role in the well-being of players."

This research conducted by Oxford University is one of a kind research and is based on the behavioural changes by using actual game data.

Andrew Przybylski added: "Previous research has relied mainly on self-report surveys to study the relationship between play and wellbeing. Without objective data from games companies, those proposing advice to parents or policymakers have done so without the benefit of a robust evidence base"