Are Children Who Play Video Games Happier?

Are Children Who Play Video Games Happier?


A recent study by Oxford University, published in the journal Pediatrics, has found that Children who play video games are happier, more sociable and less hyperactive than those who don’t play at all.

Contradictory to common beliefs, it could be that up to 1 hour of videos games per week could be beneficial. The study consisted of 5,000 boys and girls aged between 10-15, who played up to 60 mins per day.

“Young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on video games for three hours or more,” it concluded.

However, it is important to note that those who played “excessively” – for more than three hours a day – did see some harmful effects as they were less well adjusted.

Dr Andrew Przybylski is now calling for further research to determine which type of video games were most beneficial or harmful.

See full research at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/02/22/peds.2011-2050.abstract

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