Videos games as a self esteem builder?

A study was recently held to judge the impact of video games and self esteem. the study conducted by the university of essex, found that the games allowed gamers to adopt desired personality traits, which in turn bolsters their self esteem. “a game can be more fun when you get the chance to act and be like your ideal self”, explained the lead on this study. the fun that it gives people the chance to think about the role they would like to play in this world, rather than the one they are dealt.

much research on video games has concentrated on the possible harmful effects however, ignoring the simple question why people actually want to play these video games and escape reality.

the idea that people are using these games as a positive, self esteem builder instead of a way to merely escape their lives is itself significant. “i was heartened by the findings which showed that people were not running away from themselves but running towards their ideals,” said the leader of this project. “they are not escaping to nowhere, they are escaping to somewhere and bettering themselves in the process.”

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true”


Do women have as much self esteem as men?

A Swiss researcher has found there is no significant difference in women and men’s self esteem in adolescence and young adults. I don’t think this study will eliminate sayings like “you throw like a girl” but it could go along way in clearing up misconceptions that men have more feelings of self worth than women, which is a leading cause in self esteem issues.

Basel University reviewed data from young adults section of the national longitudinal survey of youth from the United States to see how young people’s self esteem developed over time. the sample was of 7100 people 14-30 of age of which forty-nine percent were female, was assessed every two years from 1994-2008. overall, 37% were white, 32% black, 20% Hispanic and 11% other.

the researchers looked at fiver personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism – all affects self esteem. They also considered “sense of mastery” which is perception of control over ones life, risk taking tendencies, gender, ethnicity, health and income.

the surprise was the science team didnt find any major difference between male and female’s self esteem.