Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ZzzZz’s

April 15, 2010 -

A study from Australian researchers examined the impact violent games have on the time it takes kids to fall asleep.

13 boys between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age, who typically fell asleep in less than 15 minutes were wired with electrodes while in bed and were asked to either play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, or watch a documentary (March of the Penguins) for 50 minutes before attempting to go to sleep, according to a US News & World Report summation.

The 50 minute time limit was chosen as “it is the maximum amount of continuous play recommended by game marketer Sony Corp.”

The results:

Eleven teens took longer to fall asleep after playing the video game than after watching the documentary, while two fell asleep faster. Four teens actually fell asleep during the documentary, a slow-moving and tranquil movie that was chosen to provide contrast to the frenetic video game.

Overall, the median time it took to fall asleep for those playing COD4 was 7.5 minutes, versus 3.0 minutes for those watching the movie. The study concluded that, “Results suggest the direct effect of presleep video-game playing on adolescent sleep may be more modest than previously thought, suggesting that surveys linking stimulating presleep activities to poor sleep need substantiating with empirical evidence.”

Michael Gradisar, a Child Psychology Professor at Flinders University, and lead researcher of the study, noted, “Despite finding that they were mentally stimulated playing the video game, I believe the 'dose' of 50 minutes was too low to have any major ramifications on their sleep,” though he added, “Being limited to 50 minutes didn't allow the teens to become emotionally invested in the video game.”

Grand Theft Childhood co-author Cheryl Olson said about the study, “These results are a bit surprising, in that a stimulating activity right before bedtime did not alter teens' established sleep patterns. This is good news for parents.”

Olson also noted, however, the study’s “tightly controlled conditions.”

Full results will be published in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


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Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

It's not just violent games, its any kind of game that will make you stay away. Besides why did it have to be March of the Pengiuns? Oh that's right......to prove to everyone that the study sways to the researchers & agenda. Rather than playing a violent or semi-violent movie....would it have the same reaction? More than likely, no.

 

 

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Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

1.  14 kids is not enough for an experiment.

2.  They should have compared a game and movie with similar energy and themes.  For example, Saving Private Ryan and Call of Duty.

Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

Now replace CoD with Fianl Fantasy XIII where all you do is hit the X button for most everything and the kids are back to getting to sleep in 3 minutes. Maybe even sooner.

I don't think we needed a study to tell us that "twitch" based games like FPS's wake you up more than non-twitch based games. "Paging Dr. Obvious, you are needed on the scientific theory floor."

My daughter wakes up in the middle of the night sometimes because she remembered that she wanted to harvest pumpkins in one of those Farming games. Wouldn't that be worse than CoD?

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

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Can't remember the last time I fall asleep during a video game, although playing Rampage: World Tour when I was younger did help me get drowsy and make me sleep well.  The only thing that'll make me sleepy is boring entertainment, or doing myself when I watch porn (hey it work for me).  But intresting studies.

 

Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

Speaking from personal experience, and ignoring the effects of the study...

I would assume that watching something boring will certainly encourage someone to sleep faster than watching something interesting or filled with action, or playing video games. I assume this because that's exactly what I would do when I was younger. If I wanted to fall asleep quickly, I would turn on something boring like C-SPAN or an Uninteresting, and if I didn't feel like falling asleep, I'd watch something I liked or play video games..

Taking into account the study: 

I'm surprised at the results, but I wonder if the time limit they established had anything to do with it. I'd be curious about what would result if they had the kids play for two hours before going to sleep.

Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

I'm pretty sure if they did the same thing with violent action movies, or sports, they would get similar results. No matter the cause, it can be much harder to fall asleep when your mind is in an alert state topped with an adrenaline rush

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Reread the article hellfire.  The study showed very little difference in how long it took for them to fall asleep and concluded that the idea of stimulating activities before bed keeping you up needs empirical evidence to back it up.

Personally I've lost far more sleep to novels than games.

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Re: Study Looks at the Influence of Violent Games on ...

Eleven teens took longer to fall asleep after playing the video game than after watching the documentary, while two fell asleep faster. Four teens actually fell asleep during the documentary, a slow-moving and tranquil movie that was chosen to provide contrast to the frenetic video game.

I wonder if march of the penguins Was boring them to sleep

 

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