Our lolas would be proud
Aside from being a highly questionable source of income, it seems that your grandparents’ fave game has another benefit hiding up its sleeve.
Over 11,000 Chinese residents, aged 45 and above, took part in the survey. Poor mental health is a very serious issue in the Asian country as it accounts for 17% of the total worldwide cases of mental disorders.
The researchers subjected respondents to various social activities – such as visiting friends, volunteering in the community and playing mahjong – and monitored the effects these had on the usual symptoms of depression.
They concluded that participating in such activities contributed to better mental health. Mahjong was a standout, specifically among urban residents.
One of the study’s authors, Adam Chen, theorized that mahjong in urban areas was considered more of a ‘bonding opportunity’, as opposed to rural ones, where it’s more seen as a ‘gambling activity.