Association of Social Gaming with Well-Being (Escape COVID-19): A Sentiment Analysis

Chayakrit Krittanawong, Hafeez Ul Hassan Virk, Craig L. Katz, Scott Kaplin, Zhen Wang, Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, Eric A. Storch, Carl J. Lavie

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Background: During the 2020-2021 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown, social activities were limited by the government-recommended social distancing guidelines, leading to an abundance of mental health issues. Methods: We hypothesized that Twitter sentiment analysis may shed some light on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and its impact on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: We found that social gaming and social media may be used as tools to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusions: Further research, including randomized study designs and prospective measurements of mental health outcomes related to social gaming behavior are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-257
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Sentiment analysis
  • Social gaming
  • Twitter
  • Well-Being


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