Are video games actually beneficial?

Benefits of Play Revealed in Research on Video Gaming
Benefits of Play Revealed in Research on Video Gaming

If video gaming, like other forms of play, generally improves mental wellbeing, then we should find that gamers are mentally healthier, on average, than non-gamers. Are they?

Eloragh Espie

"If video gaming worsens psychological wellbeing, then we should expect to find more mental health and social problems in video gamers than in otherwise similar people who are not gamers.  If video gaming, like other forms of play, generally improves wellbeing, then we should find that gamers are mentally healthier, on average, than non-gamers.  By now, many dozens of studies have examined psychological correlates of and consequences of video gaming, and, taken as a whole, the results overwhelmingly support the idea that video gaming produces many of the same kinds of benefits as other forms of play.  Here is a review of that research."

Originally posted on psychologytoday.com