Researchers used a computer-based task to induce “cognitive fatigue” in participants, then gave them a five-minute break to rest.
In this break, they were put into three different groups. They played a video game called Sushi Cat, took part in a guided relaxation activity, or sat quietly without a phone or computer.
Their stress levels and overall mood were tested throughout the experiment, and their cognitive performance was regularly measured.
The study found that, of the 66 participants, those who didn’t play a video game reported feeling less engaged with their work, and worried about this as a result.
Those who took part in the relaxation activity experienced less distress afterwards – but it was only those who played video games who said they felt better after the break.
Michael Rupp, a doctoral student in human factors and cognitive psychology at the University of Central Florida, said: “We often try to power through the day to get more work finished, which might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes.
“People should plan short breaks to make time for an engaging and enjoyable activity, such as video games, that can help them recharge.” SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>