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Video games can make you ‘happier’ says University of Oxford study

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A new study has found that playing video games can make you “happier”.

Researchers at Oxford University studied data from 3,274 gamers who played Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons and EA’s Plants vs Zombies.

The developers of the games sent the researchers information about how long each person had played for, and the players were asked questions about their mental well-being.

This is the first time a study like this has been able to link up psychological questionnaires, with actual in-game play-time.

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