Addiction to video games can have serious health effects on children. They can lead to visual and postural problems, poor eating and sleeping habits, social isolation, and anger and aggressive behavior when asked to stop playing, which can be dangerous to others. Children may also lose friends who are non-gamers.
Are video games harming children?
But too much video game playing may cause problems. Its hard to get enough active play and exercise if youre always inside playing video games. And without enough exercise, kids can become overweight. Overdoing video games also could affect other important stuff, like friendships and how well a kid does in school.
Do video games ruin families?
Research published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence links young peoples use of video games to poorer relationships with friends and family. The study, by Brigham Young University undergrad Alex Jensen and his faculty mentor, Laura Walker, was based on information collected from 813 college students.
Do video games affect childrens brains?
The researchers found that video games and apps that were interactive and educational had a positive effect on childrens brain development. However, violent and exclusively entertaining media had a negative effect on child brain development.
Should 6 year olds play video games?
Its good to set video game time limits by age. For kids over the age of 6, the American Academy of Pediatrics says no more than 60 minutes on school days and 2 hours on non-school days. Kids under 6 should spend closer to 30 minutes.
Is 5 hours of video games too much?
A study authored by Twenge and conducted by San Diego State University and Florida State University found that, in teens, more than five hours of video games is too much (Rossman, 2017)