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Why gaming is healthy for the mind/mental health

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Abundant evidence now exists that during the pandemic-induced lockdowns of 2020, online gaming surged in popularity as people sought to escape the boredom and anxiety of being confined to their homes.

But was this a healthy way of managing these unique difficulties, or are there dangers attached to this hobby? As with most things in life, the answer to both questions is a qualified “yes.” To focus first on the hazards of excessive online gaming, Psychology Today warned of the dangers of “video game addiction” (perhaps more aptly named “gaming disorder”) – an interest that turns into a compulsive behavior that the individual has less and less control over.

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