Playing mobile games is now a scientifically proven method to get rid of stress at work. Go tell your boss.


Did you know that more than 50% of Americans regularly experience symptoms of cognitive fatigue, stress and anxiety at work? You probably did, as you are more-likely-than-not to be in that greater half of workers. So then you probably like to chill in your office’s lounge or hide away in the canteen to release some steam, while playing a game on your mobile phone. It’s awesome, but then you start kicking yourself for not using the time to catch up with that massive pile of documents, and end up stressing even more.

Don’t, OK? A recent study at the University of Central Florida has revealed that mobile games are a surprisingly efficient way to boot your brain’s hard drive when you have overwhelmed it with multiple boring tasks on the job.

The study pulled in 66 participants and researchers asked them to use a computer to perform repetitive and uninteresting tasks, specially designed to tire their brains’ cognitive networks.

Subjects were then given some time to rest, during which period they were split into three activity groups – the first group played a mobile game, called Sushi Cat 2; the second stood quietly, without access to any mobile devices; while the third group took part in a guided relaxation exercise.

Guess what – only the ones who played the game reported that they felt better after the break. The nothing-doers reported they felt detached from work and experienced worry as a result, while the relaxation group participants reported reduced negative feelings and distress.


Who knew, right? So, next time you waste your lunchtime with a mobile game, don’t feel bad, it’s apparently one of the most efficient ways to get through those long 9-to-5 cycles.

source: EurekaAlert via CNET

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8 Comments

1. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

unless you play Clash Royale...

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I wouldn't come out thesame way i entered his office. Lol

6. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

i logged in just to reply. That game is so good at times and and sometimes it just gives me a headache. And im a good player approaching 5000 trophies.

2. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

tbh it'd be effective only if you wouldn't lose the game haha

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Only if you're winning in Clash royale in ladder matches. And your team mate in 2v2 isn't acting like a piece of trash.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Play games and get fired instead of doing your job, great way to relax. Should a semi driver play games on the interstate? They have a stressful job. BTW tried to view your site without ad block, couldn't access most of the articles, stuck behind a full screen ad I couldn't scroll past or close. This article didn't even show on your site without ad block.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

All the writers in PA also use adblock, so they will never know about that problem... My uBlock origin block "95 requests" in this single page, and somehow that number keep increasing.. As comparison it block 4 requests on techreport homepage, and 10 on AA homepage

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

95 requests? Wow!

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