A new case study conducted by researchers at University of California, Los Angeles reveals a link between drone-flying and overall mood and health. The results of the experiment found that participants who were active drone-flyers had not only better alertness, memory, and reflexes, but also superior overall mood, mental health, and sleep quality than that of their counterparts, who either only flew drones on occasion or not at all.

Like video games, these remote-controlled planes stimulate the sensory nervous system, increasing coordination and reflexes. Hence, the act of flying a drone is essentially a workout for your brain. The lull of the drone hum is also naturally soothing to the human brain; this releases feel-good chemicals into the brain and creates a sense of calm and wellbeing.

“The healthier you are, the longer you tend to live,” said Cindy Green, one of the scientists on the case. “With all the physical and mental benefits that come with actively flying drones, we are estimating a three- to five-year average increase in life expectancy for those who fly multiple times a week.”

Head researcher Roy Young stated to the press, “People don’t realize how hard the process of flying drones exercises the mind. Sure, they may seem merely useful for their recreational qualities, but they have a lot more to offer than just that.”

Some conservative folk and lagging adopters still perceive drones as distractions – toys of no practical use – and thus doing more harm than good. Still others declare that drones are too pricey to fit into their budget. And though this is understandable to a certain extent, it may be beneficial for them to take a closer look at the gains associated with the use of these delightful little toys known as UAVs.


Updated 11:59 PM ET, Thu March 31, 2022