Video games serve as crucial stress reliever for US college students – THE HORNET NEWSPAPER

Anthony Jackson

Undergraduate student stress is prevalent around the world. However, many deal with this stress in a way that can be considered unconventional: video games.

Two Playstation 4 controllers

Usually when you think of someone who plays video games you don’t think of a busy college student, but a study by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of students play video games at least “sometimes”.

When asked what games people play to relax or calm down, there was a range of different responses.

“I play Pokémon. It’s peaceful and repetitive; it requires strategy, so I always think somewhat critically, which is why it’s good for me to de-stress,” said Teyone Webb, junior at the Delaware State University.

“I play fighting games, usually with friends because it’s just more fun that way. It helps me relax and have fun with other people and distract me from whatever is stressing me out,” said DSU sophomore Brandon Brockett.

Image from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

It is through these games that people connect and see each other through stressful times. Not everyone who plays video games is a slacker, sometimes they just get a little stressed, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Not only is playing games beneficial for relieving stress, but watching others play games can be a form of entertainment and relaxation at the same time.

“Sometimes I open Twitch and just watch someone live stream a game. Watch it like I’m watching something on TV; it’s just as relaxing as I feel,” Teyone said.

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Twitch is a live streaming site where tons of people come to watch other people play games or live stream their games to an audience. Right now, Twitch’s monthly active user count is well within the millions.

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