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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014, Posted On: 8/4/2014

Videogames Make For Well-Adjusted Kids: Study

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: video game study, arcade video game, coin-op video, Oxford University video game study, videogame, positive effects of video games, Pediatrics, moderate video gaming benefits

OXFORD, England -- A little video gaming goes a long way. According to a new study by researchers at Oxford University, children who played videogames for a short time each day were better adjusted than those who did not play any videogames at all. However, those children who played for three hours or more showed lower satisfaction with their lives.

The new research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, involved some 5,000 children age 10 to 15. Conducted by experimental psychologist Dr. Andrew Przybylski, a fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, the experiment's subjects rated their lives on such basics as satisfaction with their lives, how well they interacted with peers, and how likely they were to assist people in difficulty.

Part of the reason for the positive results of moderate video gaming is that it could assist children in solving social and cognitive challenges.

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