Some time playing video games could be good for kids… Maybe


This article has been corrected and the headline changed to note that the study’s author says his findings require more research.

With research showing that video games can have both positive and negative effects on kids, parents can be forgiven for being confused. In the US, 31% of teens play video games daily, according to the Pew Research Internet Project, consuming up to one-half of their daily free time. Now a new study suggests there may be a sweet spot for just the right amount of time that is good for gamers. Caveat: the researcher himself cautions against taking it as definitive.

The study, conducted by Andrew K. Przybylski, an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, looked at survey responses of nearly 5,000 British boys and girls aged 10 to 15—75% of whom reported playing video games everyday. The kids answered questions about their…

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