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Video game Tetris helps overcome addiction


Sydney (Australia): The video game Tertis is found to be a massive tool in the fight against addictions even though it is unsupported, frustrating and altogether a cowardly game.
A new study has revealed that playing the Russian computer game at least for a time-frame of three minutes can weaken the desires of the players for drugs, food and also activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately one fifth.
The test was the first of its kind with scientists monitoring people in their normal lives outside a laboratory.
They were studying the desires of these people and watched how they fluctuated in comparison to game play.
The game requires patience and quick-thinking as players have to stack hundreds of little colored blocks on top of each other in a small screen.
Psychologists from Plymouth University and Queensland University of Technology, Australia, have revealed that playing the video game Tetris would interfere with desires not only for food, but also for drugs, including cigarettes, alcohol and coffee in addition to other activities.
The advantages of playing Tetris were understood during the seven-day study period.
The Tetris video game, released on Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1989 was able to sell more than 35 million copies in 2009.
The journal Addictive Behaviors which has to be published the study results, said that playing the Tetris video game could help people to negotiate with cravings.
They have recommended further research, including testing of people dependent on drugs.
Professor Jackie Andrade, from the School of Psychology and the Cognition Institute at Plymouth University, said that playing Tetris could decrease strength of desires over drugs, food, and activities from 70% to 56%.


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