Study Finds Children Benefit From Playing Video Games

by Rachel Baker on August 5, 2014

Like everything done in moderation, playing video games is beneficial for teens and children. And truly, if you don’t play video games with your kids, then you should. Spending time playing games with your kids is way better than them playing games by themselves.

According to the British news site The Telegraph, Oxford University recently found that a small amount of regular video game play can be beneficial for teens and children.

Conducted on nearly 5,000 children aged 10-15 with varying levels of game playing habits ranging from no time spent playing to multiple hours per day, the study concluded that children who spend an hour or less each day playing video games tended to be better adjusted and happier individuals.

“Young people who engaged 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,” the study said. “Those who played video games for less than an hour…were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives. They also appeared to have fewer friendship and emotional problems, and reported less hyperactivity than the other groups.”

The study went on to explain why the games these children played were beneficial, stating that the games gave the kids “a wide range of novel cognitive challenges, opportunities for exploration, relaxation, and socialization with peers” that rivaled the benefits of “non-digitally mediated” forms of play.

Study Finds Children Benefit From Playing Video Games

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