Monday, February 6, 2012

Excessive gamers more depressed?

Victoria University recently published a report from preliminary studies that seem to show that gamers who average 33 hours a week or more playing may have higher levels of anxiety & depression than those who play less frequently.
Excessive video gamers may have higher levels of anxiety and depression, according to preliminary studies at Victoria University.
Video gaming researcher Daniel Loton is conducting a global study comparing academic results, relationships and physical and mental health in excessive gamers – who spent on average more than 33 hours a week playing video games – with more balanced players who devoted 21 hours to the pursuit. 
Preliminary results show the excessive gamers reporting15 per cent more stress and anxiety and 25 per cent more depression than balanced gamers.
“Both groups averaged levels of stress, anxiety and depression well above norms reported in past studies,” Mr Loton said. “But most alarming was that excessive gamers scored more than half the maximum measure for each and enough to determine clinical significance.”
He said excessive gamers also showed different coping styles than balanced gamers.

The information contained in this blog can not be considered medical advice. These are only my own thoughts, feelings & ideas. If you or someone you know are having problems with mental illness please seek qualified medical advice.

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