Fat, angry and stupid is no way to go through life, son...
At least, that's what an education consultant seems to be saying as he cautions parents against buying video games as holiday gifts for their teenage sons.
In a guest column for EdNews, Bill Costello writes:
Boys are spending more than thirteen hours a week playing video games. As a result, they're spending less time outdoors playing and exercising. Perhaps this is partially why they are four times more likely to be obese than they were thirty years ago.
Research consistently confirms that the more time boys spend playing video games, the more likely they are to do poorly in school—regardless of age. At a time when boys are already underperforming in school, video games only make the situation worse.
Many recent studies suggest that playing video games saps the motivation of boys and disconnects them from the real world... Violent video games are especially harmful. A definite link has been established between violent video games and antisocial behavior. Games like Grand Theft Auto and Halo can make your son more aggressive.
So if you're thinking of buying video games for your son this holiday season, you might want to reconsider.