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A new study from Oxford University suggests video games could have a positive influence on people’s wellbeing.

The study, conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute, focused on two games — “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” and “Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.” The study involved 3,274 gamers over the age of 18.

Working in tandem with the games’ creators, Nintendo for Animal Crossing and EA for Plants vs Zombies, the study tracked the amount of time survey respondents spent in-game, and combined this with a survey of players’ mental wellbeing.

“Contrary to many fears that excessive game time will lead to addiction and poor mental health, we found a small positive relation between game play and wellbeing,” the study found. 

Study lead Professor Andrew Przybylski told Business Insider this was a major step forward for research into the psychological effect of playing video games. Previously, studies have relied on asking subjects to estimate how much time they spend playing, which can be unreliable, he said.

For this study, Nintendo and EA reached out to regular players of their games to invite them to take part in the study. Respondents were then assigned a unique identifier key code, which they plugged in when …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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