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Do Video Games Lower Depression?

It is no surprise that many of us have turned to our video games as a means to stay occupied during the MCO’s as many of our usual recreational activities such as basketball or football are no longer allowed.

So what exactly are the health effects this new transition in our lifestyle has on us? Well a study published by ‘Psychological Medicine‘, found that regular video game use could lower your risk of depressive symptoms. However, the study also found that it is only the case with boys.

The study reported that, boys who played video games for at least once a month, had significantly lower depression scores when compared to those who played it less than once a month, resulting in the understanding that playing video games does indeed lower depression.

Researchers involved in the study figured that playing video games provides boys with the social interaction and fun that they are missing from sports or other forms of recreational activities.

The study also highlighted some interesting facts regarding the screen-time use and effects it has between boys and girls. As it turns out, boys spent more time than girls playing video games, while girls spent more time than boys using social media.

The research also uncovered that frequent social media use among girls led to higher depressive symptoms when compared to boys.

According to Kelley Pettee Gabrield, a professor of epidemiology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, she claimed that the results did not surprise her at all. She also said that other key characteristics must be taken into account as well such as race, ethnicity, and family socioeconomic status.

That said, it is highly recommended that playing video games and using social media should be done in moderation. Dr. Jason Nagata, assistant professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of California, claims that limiting these activities to an hour or two each day could translate to both immediate and lifelong beneficial health effects.

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