Video game breaks can beat stress at work

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 27, 2017

Adulthood is glorified as being nothing but joy-filled happiness, as you can do anything you want.

While the younger population may have their own priorities, such as school, it is common for them to have much more free time on their hands.

But perhaps more adults should incorporate video games into their lives. Playing video games may help, say scientists who suggest that engaging in such enjoyable activities during short breaks can help employees recharge themselves. Those who are in in safely critical fields like air traffic control and health care suffer greater risk of cognitive fatigue and this could lead to errors.The researchers were told the amount of of time that people spent on their smartphones and tablets, they wanted to examine whether to combat stress at workplace, video games were an effective way or not.

Feeling stressed while at work? For the study, Rupp and his team used a computer-based task to induce cognitive fatigue in 66 participants, who were then given a five-minute rest break. Subjects were then given some time to rest, during which period they were split into three activity groups - the first group played a mobile game, called Sushi Cat 2; the second stood quietly, without access to any mobile devices; while the third group took part in a guided relaxation exercise.

Throughout the experiment, the researchers would measure participants affect, general levels of stress and mood, and cognitive performance. Those who just sat quietly displayed a worse mood. The nothing-doers reported they felt detached from work and experienced worry as a result, while the relaxation group participants reported reduced negative feelings and distress. Only video game players reported that they felt better after their session of playing.

"We often try to power through the day to get more work finished, which might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes".

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