UK Study: Games have no Negative Impact on Kids

Games and Learning is reporting that a study of more than 10,000 young gamers in Great Britain yielded a result that playing video games as young as five years of age does not lead to behavioral problems later in life.

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The study, titled “Do television and electronic games predict children’s psychosocial adjustment? Longitudinal research using the UK Millennium Cohort Study”, was conducted by University of Glasgow researchers Alison Parkes, Helen Sweeting, Daniel Wight, and Marion Henderson. It followed the young gamers from age 5 to age 7, tracking their television and video game habits.

Interestingly enough, the study did find a small increase in behavioral problems resulting from watching more than three hours of television.

Have a look at the analysis from Games and Learning, or dig straight into the relatively short published study.

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