A new study has found that playing video games can make you “happier”.
Researchers at Oxford University studied data from 3,274 gamers. They looked at how longer people played and then asked them questions about their wellbeing.
The study was conducted while they played Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons and EA’s Plants vs Zombies.
This is the first time a study like this has been able to link up questions, with actual in-game play-time.
Professor Andrew Przybylski, who led the study, said the following.
“If you play Animal Crossing for four hours a day, every single day, you’re likely to say you feel significantly happier than someone who doesn’t”.
He said the results were interesting because, 40 years of previous research had suggested that the longer people played, the more unhappy they said they were.
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