Australian researchers have conducted a literature review of the world’s studies around the positive impact games can have.
Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast paid note to the disproportionately negative coverage games received before delving into their findings on the opposite side of the fence.
“We found that playing video games positively influences young people’s emotional state, vitality, engagement, competence and self-acceptance,” said the authors, writing about their findings in The Conversation. “And that it’s associated with higher self-esteem, optimism, resilience, healthy relationships and social connections and functioning.”
The papers key observations include that videogames de-stress and relax people, improving emotional regulation and lessening depression.
It is, however, only given in the context of warnings that such positive effects cease to appear when games are played in excess, noting that the same negatives associated with not playing games at all can be similarly found in those who play too much.