Study Finds Playing Animal Crossing, 4 Hours A Day, Is Good For Your Health

Great news for those who love to play video games. Chances are you're much happier than those that don't, at least that's what a new study just showed. Researchers at Oxford University just completed a study that shows if you play Animal Crossing for four hours a day, every single day, you're likely to say you feel significantly happier than someone who doesn't. Their main takeaway: Playing the games is associated with greater happiness and well-being. That's interesting in part because it generally flies in the face of years of research about video games in which we were told that video games aren't great for our health. The study is noteworthy because it might be the first based on actual playing time of more than 3,000 gamers supplied by the game-makers, as opposed to player's estimates. It should also be noted that both games have social features in which players interact with one another, like a "digital water cooler."

On the topic of Animal Crossing, Evelyn and her son Aiden reviewed the game together in a hilarious episode of his podcast "Aiden's Arcade Academy". Take a listen below!