It is well known that there is a correlation between anxiety and online gaming, as well as Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD). However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that video games directly cause anxiety. To reduce the need to complete everything, it is suggested to redirect your attention to other activities that may provide “mental rewards” and plan goals outside of the game. It is also important to keep your gaming habits under control.
Four studies have explored the effects of video games during the COVID-19 pandemic on stress, anxiety and depression. It was found that social belonging can become a problem when a game provides a sense of satisfaction that encourages excessive play, or IGD, which may be related to depression. Older videos can also bring back memories of nostalgia and reduce stress because the outcome of the game is known. In addition, the effects of problematic online gaming between female users and gender differences in gaming habits have not yet been studied much.
Several evaluation tools based on the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for IGD and focused on traditional addiction to online desktop gaming have been used. The current research body shows that video games, in moderation, can alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety. In conclusion, video games can be used as a coping strategy for anxiety, but it is important to keep it under control. Creating smaller goals with a time limit can help you feel relaxed, especially as games are increasingly based on achievements.
Planning goals outside of the game can also help keep you motivated and reduce the need to complete everything.