Short daily video game break may help kids develop
Scientists at Oxford University in the U.K. have come to a conclusion that may not please a lot of parents. They say their research suggests that playing video games daily in small doses may actually help a children's development. One consolation: They also found that playing too much can result in them feeling less satisfied about their lives.
The researchers analyzed surveys involving 5,000 children in Britain between ages 10 and 15. The children were asked to answer questions about how much time they spent playing video games on either consoles or computers. They then rated the following factors: satisfaction with their lives, how well they got along with their peers, how likely they were to help people in difficulty and levels of hyperactivity and inattention.
The results of the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that the children who played no more than one hour of video games on a daily basis reported feeling more satisfaction with their lives, demonstrated the highest levels of positive social interactions and had fewer negative emotional issues and lower levels of inattention, when compared with children who played more than one hour of games per day and children who played no video games at all. The children who reported feeling the least satisfied and had the most negative social interactions were those who reported playing more than three hours of games per day.
The researchers explained that, in a digital age, playing video games may provide children with a common language, which may bolster positive relationships, or, alternatively, isolating children who play no games at all. Further research is needed, however, in order to confirm the indings and determine the effects of particular types of games.