Do you play video games to de-stress after a long day? Unfortunately, a recent study indicates that this may not help at all.
The study is called "The Guilty Couch Potato: The Role of Ego Depletion in Reducing Recovery Through Media Use" and it tries to prove that the "recovery experience" isn't beneficial to everyone. In fact, indulging in media like TV and video games can make people feel guilty, depressed, or frustrated. This state of "ego depletion" means the individual's willpower is exhausted, and he or she is more likely to feel tired and listless, and give in to temptations like fatty foods.
On the flip side, this argues that ego-depleted people who participate in sports, art, or various social events might feel better. Staying at home in front of the TV may invoke feelings of guilt, and researchers added that smartphones aren't helping people relax, either:
"In times of smartphones and mobile Internet, the ubiquitous availability of content and communication often seems to be a burden and a stressor rather than a recovery resource."
Well, the latter statement is absolutely true, as far as I'm concerned. As for games, it really matters what kind of person you are, and if you're "ego-depleted" to begin with.