Communities and Online Gaming

Despite claims that MMOs cause social isolation, they are actually third places that prevent loneliness and support people with mental health issues.

Abstract Online gaming communities can have a beneficial and lasting effect on the mental health of those that may be socially inept or encumbered by loneliness. It is easier for to socially interact with others that have similar interests and hobbies, MMO communities is a platform that these people converge. Additionally, the online identity of the player introduces a layer of anonymity; which in turn increases the ease for beneficial organic social interaction to occur. Introduction Communities Read more [...]