Study Says It’s Good for Kids to Play Video Games

If your kid is playing video games, don’t stop him. A recent study conducted by Oxford University suggests that young people’s development improves if they play video games each day, as long as it’s not too much.

How much? An hour a day or less, unless you want them to actually be harmed by playing. A study that engulfed 5000 British children from the ages of 10 to 15 revealed that 75% of them play video games regularly, and from the questions about certain social factors the conclusion of the benefits (and harms) of video games were reached.

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The study claims that those playing video games on a regular basis are more satisfied with their lives, are less prone to being hyperactive and have less emotional issues than those who don’t play video games at all.

According to Dr. Andrew Przybylski, being engaged in video games may give children a common language. And for someone who is not part of this conversation, this might end up cutting the young person off.

But what about those who play video games for more than an hour a day? Three hours a day? That may not be so productive.

Children who play video games for more than three hours each day were prone to be less adjusted and less satisfied with their lives.

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For a bit more on gaming, check out the 10 best games to play with your SO, or some rant on the Wife/Girlfriend vs Video Game problem. It works the same if you switch genders as well.

One thought on “Study Says It’s Good for Kids to Play Video Games

  1. GreatEqualist.

    When you say 3 hours a day I assume you mean every day, and I assume you mean that these numbers are derived from weekly or even monthly numbers, so playing 7 hours on the weekend and nothing during the week would be fine it wouldn’t magically make the kid worse off.

    Another issue I have is the study suggests correlation between playing over 3 hours a day and being less satisfied with life NOT causation yet in the article the way you word it it suggests that the play time itself harms kids and completely ignore the possibility that they might be playing more because their lives are not satisfying and that’s the only thing they enjoy.


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