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Study Finds Gaming Has No Effect On Wellbeing


05:17 28 Jul 2022

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The gaming research was carried out by the University of Oxford. 

Gaming has little to no effect on wellbeing - according to a new study.

Nearly 40,000 people took part in the study and played seven games across six weeks.

The titles ranged from child-friendly Animal Crossing to racing titles like Forza and Gran Turismo.

They found it didn't negatively, or positively, change the wellbeing of the participant.

The researchers also varied the time spent by the person playing each game and found no difference.

John Reilly, editor of The Effect-dot-net, says it's unlikely playing horror and 18-plus games would change the results.

"Like any form of media, people that enjoy scary films enjoy scary games."

"I don't know if there's going to be an impact on mental health if they enjoy playing horror games."

Reilly does say that a greater study is needed to find out what playing video games does for people.

"They also need to go a step further and get the platforms, the PlayStation Networks, the Xbox Lives."

"To kind of be open to sharing the data of their gamers because there's over a billion gamers in the world right now."

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