alexa Video Games: Good, Bad, or Other?
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Socialomics

Author(s): Sara Prot

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Video games are an extremely popular pastime among children and adolescents. Today, 90% of American children and teens play video games.1,2 On a typical day, youth play video games for an average of 2 hours.3 Time spent playing is even higher among some segments of the population, with 25% of young males reporting playing video games for 4 hours a day or more.4 The rising popularity of video games has instigated a debate among parents, researchers, video game producers, and policymakers concerning potential harmful and helpful effects of video games on children. Views expressed in this debate have often been extreme, either idealizing or vilifying video games.5–7 The critics and the proponents tend to ignore research evidence supporting the views of the opposing camps and label video games as clearly “good” or “bad.”

This article was published in Pediatric Clinic North America and referenced in Journal of Socialomics

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