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Children who play video games are 'better adjusted' - but only if they spend less than an hour a day on them

Children who play video games for less than an hour a day are better adjusted than those who have never used them or play them to excess.

Researchers found that young people who indulged in a short spell of gaming were very sociable and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives.

In contrast, those who spent more than half their free time playing electronic games were less well-adjusted, the University of Oxford scientists found.

 
 

 

The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, found that three in four British children and teenagers play video games on a daily basis.

Those who play for less than an hour a day - less than one third of their daily free time - also appeared to have fewer friendship and emotional problems.

They also reported less hyperactivity than the other groups.

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

Researchers found that young people who indulged in short spells of video game playing were very sociable.

Those who played for less than an hour a day were also most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives, compared to those who have not played the games.

They also appeared to have fewer friendship and emotional problems and reported less hyperactivity than the other groups.

Young people who spent more than half their daily free time playing electronic games were less well-adjusted.

Experts found that video games had no positive or negative effects for young people who played ‘moderately’ - i.e. between one and three hours a day.

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