Why games are good for you–my Start the Week appearance

I was recently invited back on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week programme to discuss the role of videogames in forming friendships and maintaining relationships.

The context was that the lead guest was Dr Susan Pinker, who has recently released a book called The Village Effect. Dr Pinker argues that we all need to spend time face-to-face to make us live longer, be happier and have fewer illnesses. Although Dr Pinker says that she is not against technology, that is not how her book comes across.

I was invited on the show to put across a counter-opinion: that technology amplifies our face-t0-face relationships, and that it is an important tool in helping feed our social brains.

You can listen to the full show on the BBC iPlayer.

Nicholas Lovell