A new Oxford University study suggests that playing video games in moderation may actually be good for you.
The test involved analysing surveys of 5,000 youths aged between 10 and 15. These groups had been questioned on their gaming habits, as well as on topics such as satisfaction with their lives, how they got on with other kids, and levels of hyperactivity.
According to the report, kids who play video games for less than an hour each day are better adjusted than those who don’t play any. This translates to being more satisfied with their lives and showing stronger levels of social interaction.
Of course, it also swings the other way, with kids who play video games for more than three hours each day reporting lower satisfaction with their lives.
“Being engaged in video games may give children a common language,” explained Dr Andrew Przybylski, the experimental psychologist who ran the study.
He added that “for someone who is not part of this conversation, this might end up cutting the young person off.”
However, Dr Przybylski also pointed out that the strength of a child’s family relationships and other such factors play a much bigger role in their development than how much time they devote to playing video games each day.
But at least this is another piece of scientific evidence for gamers to turn to when certain UK rags get on their high horses again.
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