Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Effect of Video Games (part 4)
Another study, conducted in the United Kingdom, concluded that playing video games does not lead to behavioral problems, such as depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD.) The study focused on the impact of video games and TV on 11,000 children, and researchers wanted to see if children would be influenced by identification with characters and repeated rehearsal and reinforcement. The results of the study indicated that exposure to video games had virtually no effect on the behavior of the children.
However, it was found that viewing 3 or more hours of television a day did lead to an increase in behavioral problems in 5 to 7 year old children, both boys and girls. Studies have shown that the more time children spend watching TV, the poorer they perform academically. Yet a number of video-game studies have indicated that gamers have improved reflexes, better cognitive skills and healthier brains.