We have scientific proof: Spending more time playing video games is not bad for you

The number of hours a person spends playing video games doesn’t affect their well-being, but their motivation to play probably does, according to a new study.

While fears about the effects of playing video games for long periods are often publicized, this research runs counter to those casual concerns. Tracking the playtime of nearly 40,000 participants across seven games, including Animal Cross: New Horizons and Outriders, the Oxford University study (opens in new tab) found no causal link between time spent playing games and a person’s mental health.

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