Videogames and Wellbeing

Videogames and Wellbeing details the state of play of research linking videogame play and flourishing mental health. The report specifically explores the role of videogames in young people’s lives and how technology can be used to improve mental health and wellbeing.

There is a range of evidence suggesting that videogames have a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing. Existing research suggests that videogames contribute to young people’s emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Especially, videogames have been shown to positively influence young people’s emotional state, self-esteem, optimism, vitality, resilience, engagement, relationships, sense of competence, self-acceptance and social connections and functioning. Emerging research suggests that how young people play as well as whom they play with may be more important in terms of wellbeing than what they play.


Dr Daniel Johnson
Associate Professor Christian Jones
Dr Laura Scholes
Michelle Colder Carras

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