Published On: Fri, Mar 11th, 2016

Video game playing can reduce relationship problems with peers

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We all know about the negative effects of extreme video gaming because these are extensively reported but a new research study has discovered that playing video games is linked with elevated in general school capability and less association issues with peers.

To conduct the research study there were involved above 3,000 children from ages six and 11; the researchers evaluated the relationship amid the number of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills.

Katherine Keyes, a researcher of the study and assistant professor at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, US stated that “Video game playing is often a collaborative leisure time activity for school-aged children. These results indicate that children who frequently play video games may be socially cohesive with peers and integrated into the school community,”

Keyes further stated that “We caution against over-interpretation, however, as setting limits on screen usage remains an important component of parental responsibility as an overall strategy for student success,”

The findings were cited online in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Findings were based on information from the School Children Mental Health Europe venture for kids aged 6-11. Parents reported that one in five children played video games above five hours for each week. Parents and teachers evaluated their kid’s mental health in a questionnaire and the children themselves retorted to questions by an interactive device. Teachers assessed academic achievement.

Later than adjusting for child age, gender and number of children, the researchers discovered that elevated video game practice was linked with 1.75 times the probability of elevated intellectual working and 1.88 times the probability of elevated in general school capability. There were no important relations with any child self-reported or mother-or-teacher-reported mental health issues.

The researchers also discovered that high video game playing was linked with less association issues with their peers.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.