I saw Ms. McGonigal on The Colbert Report a week or so ago and now she has penned an article for Huffington Post. Her premise is that playing games is a life saving exercise — up to 21 hours a week . After THAT–well you’re just a troll living in dad’s basement. But less than that and you are really helping yourself.
But when you hit 28 hours a week of gaming or more, the time starts to distract you from real life goals and other kinds of social interaction that are essential to leading a good life. Multiple studies have shown it’s the 21-hour mark that really makes the difference — more than 3 hours a day, and you’re not going to get those positive impacts. Instead, you’ll be at risk for negative impacts — like depression and social anxiety.
So what’s the optimal level of gaming? For most people, an hour a day playing our favorite games will power up our ability to engage whole-heartedly with difficult challenges, strengthen our relationships with the people we care about most — while still letting us notice when it’s time to stop playing in virtual worlds and bring our gamer strengths back to real life.
Thanks to James Fudge for the tip.