New Studies Show That Gaming Can Boost Creativity And Relieve Stress
Participants who chose to play Minecraft instead of watching TV or playing a racing video game scored highest in creative exercises given to all participants after their chosen activities. If you are concerned about any gaming related problems, follow the links to our various support services or click on the blue logo icon at the bottom right of the screen to start using Cybersmile Assistant, our smart AI support assistant.
Recent independent studies in the U.S. and U.K. have revealed how different types of games are helping people to develop creative skills, and how even simple mobile games can help players wind down after stressful periods of activity or work.
A study in the U.S. undertaken by Iowa State University has revealed how strategy, role play and combative gaming online can help young people develop important creative skills.
“These studies show just some of the benefits and hidden potential that games have to enhance user wellbeing and help young people develop important life skills – in environments they are engaged with and invested in.”
Dan Raisbeck, Co-founder, The Cybersmile Foundation
Participants who chose to play Minecraft instead of watching TV or playing a racing video game scored highest in creative exercises given to all participants after their chosen activities. The researchers concluded that based on the results of the study it is important not to disregard the potential video games have as engaging and adaptive educational opportunities.
In the U.K. a study undertaken by University College London and the University of Bath found that mobile games may be better at relieving stress than mindfulness apps.
“Far from feeling guilty about being absorbed by their phone, people who play such games after a stressful day at work should know they are likely to be gaining a real benefit.”
Professor Anna Cox, UCL Interaction Centre
Researchers noted that gaming scored highest in four main areas used to evaluate the stress recovery experience when compared to mindfulness apps or stress relieving gadgets. They found that, compared to other calming methods, mobile games were reported to be more relaxing, that they provide opportunities for mastering a new skill, that they are highly immersive and they allowed people to feel in control.
“To protect our long-term health and well-being, we need to be able to unwind and recuperate after work. Our study suggests playing digital games can be an effective way to do this.”
Dr Emily Collins, University of Bath
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