Published on 12 Jun 2022

Game to connect

The Sunday Times, page C4

Video gaming has emerged as a way of maintaining or enriching one’s social network, says Assoc Prof Vivian Chen, 49 from WKWSCI at NTU. Her research, which involves social interaction and identity in virtual and gaming communities, has found that video gaming became a coping mechanism among families during Covid-19. “These interactions provide enough communication cues even though you don’t get the environmental cues of a physical interaction.”