Video Games Good For Kids?!
The philosopher Aristotle spoke of a ‘golden mean,’ the desirable middle point between two extremes. This idea was later repackaged as ‘everything in moderation.’
For some reason, video games (and other forms of media) don’t get the benefit of this rule, and are either always completely horrible and destructive to children or the best thing since the abacus for a kid to spend their time with.
Recent research asserts that playing video games with moderation can actually be beneficial to kids, helping them to become more well-adjusted.
The Oxford University study surveyed 5,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 15 and asked them how much time they spent playing video games, along with questions about their home and school life.
Children who reported spending under an hour a day playing video games claimed to be more satisfied with their lives and had the most positive social interactions. Those children who said they played video games for upwards of three hours a day were the least well-adjusted.
Dr. Andrew Przybylski, an experimental psychologist involved with the study, said that ‘being engaged in video games may give children a common language. And for someone who is not part of this conversation, this might end up cutting the young person off.’
This is one among many reasons it’s believed moderate video gaming is good for young people. Let us know whether you agree or not on Facebook!