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MMORPG players more depressed?

Posted on Saturday, February 21 2009 @ 23:16:17 CET by

Northwestern University researchers surveyed 7,000 EverQuest II players and found players of this game are more likely to feel depressed than the general population:
Researchers at Northwestern University surveyed 7,000 players of the virtual game EverQuest II. They found that depression levels in the groups ranged from almost 21% in people who didn't play the game that often to more than 30% in those who played a lot. "This could mean that highly active players get more depressed or that depressed people are more likely to be active role players," said the author of the study, Noshir Contractor, a professor of behavioral science.
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