Playing Tetris Shown To Lower Harmful Cravings

(WTNH) For all of you who have been called out by spouses or bosses for “wasting time” playing the video game Tetris, this will come as good news,  New research out of Great Britain claims focus on dropping all those little blocks into the right places can weaken cravings for drugs, food, sex, and cigarettes.

The study, out of Plymouth University, had participants being prompted to play Tetris at random intervals during the day, during which they were monitored for levels of craving.  Results showed that playing the classic video game, now available on all electronic devices including smart phones, for even just three minutes at a stretch reduced potentially harmful cravings by about one-fifth.

Why? The professor who headed the study said “playing a visually-interesting game like Tetris” makes it “hard to imagine something vividly” at the same time.  “The impact of Tetris on craving was consistent across the week and on all craving types, said Plymouth professor John May.

The study was published in the journal Addictive Behaviours.


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