Video games might improve a motor skills, reaction and even academic performance in children when played in moderation. However, a recent research finds that too much video gaming connected to social and behavioral problems.
Spanish researchers found that any skill enhancements linked to gaming among those aged 7 to 11 started to max out after about 8 hours of gaming per week. And those who played 9 hours or more were more likely to have social and behavioral problems.
Dr. Jesus Pujol, the author of the study, says: “One to nine hours per week seems to be safe, but playing more than nine hours – one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekend days – may be not recommended for children 7 to 11 years old.”
A recent research from Australia suggests that students playing online video games perform better in school, while those who often spend on Facebook or other social media are more likely to have troubles with studying.
Alberto Posso, an associate professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University (Australia) and author of the study, says: “…when you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in math, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.”
Posso has analyzed standardized test scores of more than 12,000 Australian 15-year-olds in mathematics, science, and reading and gathered information about their online habits.