Playing video games boosts mental health in young

Posted on November 19, 2013

Playing video games can improve mood, reduce stress levels and boost self-esteem in young people, a new study has found.

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia also found that playing video games as a family can help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Dr Daniel Johnson, the director of QUT's Games Research and Interaction Design Lab, along with his gaming research group at the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), combed through 200 papers and reports from around the world to find out when and how video games can have a positive effect on the wellbeing of young players.

Their research challenges the belief that video games breed socially isolated, aggressive and lazy teenagers.

"Our research showed that playing video games can improve a young person's mood, help them reduce their stress levels, and promote feelings of competence and autonomy," said Johnson.

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