Are you 18 years of age or older and concerned about your video game playing habits?
Then you may be interested in taking part in this global study. If you already know about the study and would like to take part, click here, otherwise please read on.
If you are interested in a breakdown of the results so far please click on the infographic below:
Who am I?
Hi. My name is Dan Loton and I’m a researcher at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. I’m currently completing my PhD in Psychology, investigating video game playing and health. This website hosts information about the PhD study.
Excessive video game play, also called video game addiction, may be a serious problem, with some early studies suggesting possible negative relationships with mental, social and physical health. However, other studies suggest there is only a small connection between health and video game play, and overall there are still only a few studies investigating the link, particularly over a period of time. This is what I have chosen to investigate for my PhD.
What’s the study?
This global study measures relationships between mental, social and physical health across major life domains and video game play each month, and includes variables such as stressful events and life satisfaction. The major life domains that are asked about include parenting, working, studying and romantic relationships. There are also questions about physical, mental and social health. The goal is to determine how connected these factors may be with video game play and addiction.
What does taking part involve?
Participation involves completing a short survey each month over several months - a bit like a video game play and health diary. The initial survey takes about 20 minutes and the follow-ups take about 10 minutes. The study focuses on adults so at this stage only adults are being asked to participate. An email will be sent to your email address each month to let you know when it is time to complete the next follow-up.
Previously, participants who entered the study were entered into the draw to win a $500 Australian dollar money order, but this draw closed on April 12th, 2012. While this prize draw is now closed, the study is still open to new participants.
Where’s the link to take part?
If you are 18 years of age or older you can take part in the study by following this link
Contact details and further information can be found in the pages above.
If you are distressed about your video game playing and would like to seek the services of a mental health professional you can start by looking in the ‘seeking help' page.
Thanks for your interest,