The stimulation you get from a mobile game increases the urge to keep playing, creating a loop that leads to time-wasting habits.
We all must have ignored the things to do to immerse ourselves in the game Minecraft or Candy Crush or even the old Minesweeper (mine detection). Playing games can bring many benefits to the brain, so when is gaming really harmful?
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have the answer for you. They studied 60 people playing games on smartphones and concluded that playing games are most harmful when you play to avoid feeling bored.
In the study, game players who initially used video games to reduce their day-to-day stress “bored” were more likely to become addicted to the game, more likely to experience a state of intense concentration in the game and to suffer from depression. more emotional stimulation. It is not surprising that these same players spend more time playing games more often and for longer.
“It’s this behavior that creates a constant loop of using video games to boost emotions whenever emotions go down,” said Michael Dixon, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. This is a harmful adaptation because while it makes you feel better, it also makes you want to play more. Too much gaming leads to addiction and that means less time for productive things. This increases the risk of depression even more.”
Conclusion: don’t play games to improve your mood, but instead focus more on stimulating and interactive activities that come from the real world.
The study was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.