Games for less than hour daily benefit kids

Influence of games ‘for good or bad’ is extremely minimal, according to experts Young people who indulge in a little video game-playing are better adjusted than those who have never played or those who play for three hours or more, Oxford researchers say. Video game-playing for less than an hour a day was linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers in the study. The study by Oxford University researchers found no positive or negative effects for young people who played “moderately” between one to three hours a day. Researchers also said the influence of video games on children, for good or for ill, is very small when compared with more “enduring” factors, such as whether the child is from a functioning family, their school relationships, and whether they are materially deprived. This is thought to be the first study to examine both the positive and negative effects of gaming using a representative sample of children and adolescents. It involved nearly 5,000 young people, half male and half female, drawn from a nationally representative study of UK households. Participants, between 10 and 15 years old, were asked how much time they typically spent on console-based or computer-based games. The same group also answered questions about how satisfied they were with their lives, their levels of hyperactivity and inattention; empathy; and how they got on with their peers. Source: The Asian AgeReference-Image: