Experiment With Your Life

Michael Faber
Geek Culture
Published in
3 min readNov 28, 2022

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Attempting to apply the scientific method to self-improvement

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

I recently came across a post on reddit that inspired me to re-think how I improve myself and increase my quality of life.

u/HeroJournal and their girlfriend tracked how different video games impacted their mood over the course of a year:

The results of their experiment are fascinating. I imagine if I performed a similar experiment, Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley would improve my mood as well, but not Overwatch. It’s a fast paced, highly competitive first person shooter.

Everyone is different. There’s obviously nothing wrong with Overwatch improving your mood. That was my biggest take away from their experiment, and it got me thinking — I shouldn’t just follow generic advice that I see on the internet. I should experiment with my life.

The same couple has performed a similar experiment with sleep:

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