Playing video games satisfies deep psychological needs and improve people's well-being in the short term. Researchers from the New York found that the more a game fulfilled a player's sense of independence, achievement and connectedness to others, the more likely he or she was to keep playing. And the more fully a player's needs were satisfied, the better he felt after playing, BBC radio reported.
Previous research on video games has focused on their potentially harmful effects, such as promoting social isolation, addiction, and violence.
While the findings don't prove that video games are always good for you, they do help to provide a more balanced understanding of people's motivations for playing them.
The researchers tried to normalise how people look at video games, rather than seeing them as having some mystical power to addict.