Scientists have found that those who play games on their smartphones out of boredom may be more exposed to their harmful influences than those who do so for other reasons.
Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada have found that those who are often bored in their daily lives often play games on smartphones to get rid of it. As a result, these people start playing whenever they get bored and then run into problems because they play too often.
While playing, a person can achieve optimal excitement, focus and mindfulness, as well as get rid of boredom, but ultimately this leads to addiction to the game.
To reach such conclusions, the scientists used the popular smartphone game Candy Crush, which was played by 60 volunteers at different difficulty levels - from the simplest to the most difficult.
The results, published in Computer in Human Behavio, confirmed that those who tried to compensate for boredom through play played more often and longer than those who played for other reasons, such as for fun. All this led to a greater dependence on the game.
Thus, people had less time for other, more useful leisure activities. As a result, according to the researchers, it is fraught with depressive symptoms and an even greater feeling of boredom.