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Lockdown sees booming gaming time but personal hygiene suffers

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UK gamers are using the social isolation imposed by the coronavirus lockdown to alleviate anxiety and boredom, as well as an escapist activity, a survey from cyber-security firm BullGuard has revealed.

In a survey of over 1,000 gamers, 49 per cent said that games are helping to alleviate lockdown anxiety and 84 per cent are relieving their boredom with the hobby.

Although the survey suggests that additional gaming has helped with overall mental wellbeing, some crucial day-to-day routines are slipping, with 1 in 5 admitting to missing showers, 29 per cent not going outside for over three days and 16 per cent even admitting to skipping cleaning their teeth.

Over three quarters (77 per cent) of respondents said their hobby was not impacting their life with partners and family, who have no issues with their lockdown gaming habits.

Ben Miles, managing director at Chillblast, which helped conduct the survey, said: “It’s great to see how gaming across the board is helping people deal with the lockdown.

“As a society we have more awareness about mental health and so it is heartening to see how gaming is helping with a sense of wellbeing.

“The results underline how gaming can play a major role to encourage many to follow the WHO’s health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Many are spending more money on games, too, with 73 per cent saying that purchases had increased and 16.6 per cent even admitting to spending an additional £100-plus a month on in-game purchases, new games, hardware or other related items.

The survey also revealed that 84 per cent of gamers are using antivirus protection and that 79 per cent are not turning off their antivirus when gaming.

“The survey results demonstrate that gamers really are savvy all-rounders. They’re looking after their mental health, keeping themselves safe from cyber criminals and the increase in cyber attacks, as well as taking the Government’s crucial advice, which is 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives',” said Bullguard CEO Paul Lipman.

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