A new study elaborated by a team of researchers from the Netherlands argues that children who play video games with friends are better at facing loneliness and can cope with the restrictions brought by social distancing more easily.
The survey involved 705 participants who attended the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade. During the research stage, the scientists relied on questioners that were filled by the participants, as well as direct observational studies that were used to collect data from male and female students.
Socializing through multiplayer video games
Playing video games can be a social activity, especially in the age of live-service video games that connect millions of people every day. Those who wish to enjoy a social gaming experience have to abide by some rules that aren’t present in the case of single-player titles.
For example, people who play as a team in a competitive video game have to be respectful and pay attention to what the other players are saying while also contributing with their ideas when a particular strategy or approach can be taken by the group.
As the players work together towards a common goal, they will form bonds with their teammates and learn to trust them. The ability to share a win and the fact that everyone contributed to the victory is also important, as well as the ability to brainstorm and become better after a loss.
Staying in touch with friends can make a great difference for children and teenagers during the pandemic, as they crave social contact even if they are aware of the reasons behind social distancing and the need to stay at home. Social gaming can reduce the feelings of stress, social isolation, and loneliness while also boosting the ability to engage in an activity and empathize.