The research took a look at 4,142 adolescents who, at the beginning of the study, showed no signs of depression. After seven years, 7% of the participants were diagnosed with depression, but it was concluded that there was no association of depression with exposure to video games. In comparison, 17% of those who watched an excessive amount of TV (nine or more hours a day) showed depressive symptoms, as did 6% of those who watched three hours or less.
Can anyone really be all that depressed after conquering Albion, winning the Flower Cup, or building a colorful world for Sackboy? Compared to watching hours of the Lifetime channel (or playing their games), games are a regular barrel of laughs.