As parents we have been taught understandably to fear video games and their effects on our teenagers. But can these games make our teenagers better people? In a word: Yes.
First-person shooter games made up one-fourth of all video games sold in the United States in As many as 90 percent of U. Boys are more likely to play than girls.
Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in these teens, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The findings, scheduled for publication in the March issue of the journal Computers in Human Behaviorsuggest that while heavy gaming, particularly in boys, can be viewed as a warning signal for parents, not everyone who plays many hours a day is at risk for developing problems related to gaming. Some of the downsides of gaming, the researchers say, may be balanced out in those who are socially engaged either online or in real life with friends.
Online gaming is an increasingly popular way for kids to spend their free time, according to a report from UK media regulator Ofcom. The group released its latest report on media use and attitudes among children and parents this week, and noted some interesting discrepancies in online playtime by age and gender. First off, the report found the number of children who have played games online is increasing.
Picture: Channel 9 Source:Supplied. Logan Ford, profiled last night on 60 Minutesis one of several teens in Australia confined to their bedrooms because of gaming addiction. Logan has already refused to go to school for two years and only leaves his room for food or the bathroom.
Now new research on children who are heavy gamers suggests parents may have something else to worry about: depression. Two recent studies of gamers are among the first to follow large groups of teenagers over time to assess their mental health and how much time they spend playing video games. Their gaming habits were assessed at the start of the study period, and the researchers then followed them for a year or two to see how they were faring.
Busy working parents are partly responsible for a surge in teenagers needing treatment for addictions to computer games and social media, according to a new book. They fail to set limits on screen time because they find it convenient to have more time to themselves, says Mandy Saligari, a parenting expert who runs an addiction clinic in Harley Street and has worked with thousands of children. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
By Fiona Macrae for the Daily Mail. Spending hours playing violent video games stunts teenagers' emotional growth, a study has found. It is thought that regular exposure to violence and lack of contact with the outside world makes it harder for them to tell right from wrong.