Got a bad habit you've been meaning to kick? A new study by psychologists at Plymouth University and Queenstown University of Technology found that playing Tetris for at least three minutes a day can curb cravings for food, smoking, alcohol, and even sex.
The study used a sample group of thirty-one students, aged 18-27, with 15 of the subjects playing Tetris for three minutes before reporting on their cravings. As a result, playing Tetris decreased craving strength for drugs, food, and other activities from 70% to 56%.
In the study's official press release, Dr. Jackie Andrade, a professor of psychology at Plymouth University, explained:
"We think the Tetris effect happens because craving involves imagining the experience of consuming a particular substance or indulging in a particular activity. Playing a visually interesting game like Tetris occupies the mental processes that support that imagery -- it is hard to imagine something vividly and play Tetris at the same time."
Based on these results, the researchers have concluded that the game could be used as an effective tool toward managing and lessening cravings or addictions.
What do you guys think? Personally, I wish this study happened back in 1994. Maybe then my mom would've let me play more Game Boy.