Playing video games for long periods may increase your stress levels and lead to anxiety and depression compared to those who play moderately.
The study was led by Daniel Loton from Victoria University who found that those who played for more than 33 hours a week had higher stress and anxiety levels and were more depressed compared to those who played for 21 hours a week.
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Loton also revealed that excessive gamers had a different coping style compared to moderate gamers. "Excessive gamers displayed higher avoidance coping and lower approach coping styles compared to balanced gamers. This may be reflective of video games being used as a coping mechanism to relax and as a distraction from difficulties", he said.