Major study finds “little to no evidence” gaming affects wellbeing

A recent study showed that there is “little to no evidence” that gambling has an effect on a person’s well-being.

The study, which was conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and reported by BBC News, examined 39,000 gamblers, with well-being measured “by asking questions about life satisfaction and levels of emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and frustration”. It was also noted that the average person would have to play “10 more hours than usual per day to notice a difference” in their well-being.

Apex Legends. Credit: Respawn Entertainment

The study included six weeks of data from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, and used Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Apex Legends, Eve Online, Forza Horizon 4, Gran Turismo Sport, and The crew 2 to find the results.

Professor Andrew Przybylski said that people with more free time to play video games were probably happier, but he went on to say that “how much you play doesn’t really affect changes in well-being. be. If players played because they wanted to, rather than because they felt compelled to, they had to, they tended to feel better.

This contradicts the 2020 study, which sampled a much smaller group of 3,274 gamers, and concluded that video games were good for a person’s well-being. Andrew Przybylski also participated in the previous study.

George Osborn, head of campaigns and communications for Ukie (the trade body for UK games), as well as a key member of gaming charities Games Aid and SpecialEffect, tweeted thread with a few thoughtful remarks. First, Osborn notes that gambling having little impact on well-being means that the positive and negative outcomes of gambling are likely determined by broader life circumstances.

Osborn also notes that this study may prove important in debunking future claims that frequent gambling has a negative effect on people, and acts as a refutation of “gambling disorder” as a mental health problem.

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