Should We Be Concerned About How Gaming is Affecting Players' Well-Being?

Visionaries: Gaming, Media and the Internet Dissected

Nov 9 2022 • 1 hr

Gaming may seem just like a passive activity. But as more research around its effects on mental and physical health is studied, how concerned should we be about its bigger picture impacts on players' well-being? Doctors Rachel Kowert, a psychologist who is the research director at Take This, and Cait McGee, a physical therapist who is the co-founder of 1HP, join Jacob to discuss their findings. "It's not so much about the games themselves, although I think there is a conversation to be had about content. We do know that hate is normalized to a certain extent, gaming communities. When I say normalized, I say that because when you look at the research, looking at the prevalence of the rate at which people have experienced the more extreme forms of behavior, so hate speech, sexual harassment, and doxing, it is more common to have witnessed it or experienced it than it is to have not." You can follow Rachel and Take This here and Cait and 1HP here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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