It’s Time Society Stopped Blaming Video Games for Society’s Ills

Another study shows they are beneficial to mental health

Matt Mason
Crossplay

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Video nasties, satanism, alcohol… every age and every society needs scapegoats to blame for the bad stuff that goes on in a society, often to avoid tackling the very real problems going on within it.

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Video games have been one of those since the 1980s and while the nature of what people think the problem is with video games, it’s still one of society’s scapegoats.

These days, the media’s pearl clutching tends to focus on mental health. But it’s all nonsense.

In July 2022, Oxford University published another study on the impact of video games on mental health. It concluded that gaming did not appear harmful to mental health finding “no causal link” between playing video games and the poor mental health of the player.

This was not the first time the top university did such a study, but it was the first to focus on the number of gaming hours as a key factor. It was also the second to…

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Matt Mason
Crossplay

Creatively curious lifelong writer. I use Medium to discuss asexuality, childfree living, Doctor Who, and sometimes even politics - not all of it serious.