Viewing Art Online Helps Mental Health

Studies show that viewing art is beneficial for mental well-being. It is not necessary to visit a live art gallery or have a physical piece of art, however, those experiences are certainly more immersive. 

At certain times, we may be sick, not able to travel, or not able to attend a local art event. As long as there is an internet connection, there is an ability to view art. With the advent of virtual art galleries, the experience can be very interactive with the ability to "feel" as if you are in a live gallery.

The University of Vienna used the Aesthetic Responsiveness Assessment (AreA) and studied 240 participants. According to the study: "the participants reported significant reductions in negative mood, anxiety, and loneliness, as well as an increase in subjective well-being – sometimes in as little as a few minutes after viewing the art."

Take the time to view art online in many places and try multiple styles of art. As for my own website, there are many landscape subjects such as sunsets, nature, and cityscapes. I use evidence-based themes based on certain colors and subjects that support mental well-being.

Over the past decade, scholars have conducted numerous research studies demonstrating that art can have a positive impact on health and well-being. However, it was unknown whether these effects could also be felt over the Internet.