Finally, something to make parents feel less guilty.
A new study has found that playing video games is good for kids. That’s right – not bad, but good. Apparently, kids who play more video games than other kids are significantly smarter and have better social skills.
The study, carried out by French and American researchers, involved more than 3,000 European children aged between six and 11. The children’s parents and teachers were questioned about their video game use and performance in school, while the children themselves went through a mental health screening.
About 20 per cent of the children played video games for more than five hours a week.
The study found that kids who played more video games were almost twice as likely to be “high intellectual functioning”. They were also less likely to have problems within their peer groups.
Um… why? The researchers suggested it could be because kids often play these type of games with other kids.
"Video game playing is often a collaborative leisure time activity for school-aged children,” said Dr Katherine M. Keyes from the Mailman School of Public Health. “These results indicate that children who frequently play video games may be socially cohesive with peers and integrated into the school community."