Do Video Games Cause Anxiety?
After a long, stressful day, you may end up in the evening with your gaming console to
relieve stress. Video games help people remove their attention from the current issues
and focus deeply on playing. But do video games cause anxiety?
The relationship between video games and the mental
problem has been a long-term discussion. Gaming
companies are offering playtest services to improve the
overall quality of games they bring in the market.
However, no evidence shows a cause-and-effect relationship
between the anxiety and gaming. Therefore, we can
conclude that the two correlate to each other. Some factors
contributing to this correlation are type of anxiety and traits of the gamer.
Personal Traits Correlating to Gaming Addiction
There are a few personal traits that are associated with gaming addiction, including:
People who have neuroticism or are anxious in the real world have a high chance of
gaming addiction. However, this does not mean that all anxious people are gamers. It
means that high anxiety can encourage a person to get addicted to playing video games
to escape reality.
Video games help by giving people something else to focus deeply on, since they have
to concentrate on the game. It is a good distraction, thus relieving their anxiety.
Gaming addiction can lead to social anxiety, and social anxiety can encourage
excessive gaming. Socially anxious people would rather spend the day playing video
games than interact with others. When they play, even with other people, they do not
have to interact with these people physically. The more they escape into this visual
world, their social anxiety increases. And their interaction with the real world reduces.
Therefore, although video games do not directly cause anxiety, the correlation is quite
evident. The more people use video games to escape their anxiety, the more they
gravitate to it.
Can Video Games Relieve Anxiety?
Playing video games can reduce anxiet