Youth Study: Games Good for Mental Health, Bad for Academics

August 23, 2010 -

A study of 626 Honk Kong Chinese students, who averaged about 10 years old, indicated that while playing massively multiplayer online games appears to contribute to a kid’s psychological well-being, overall time spent playing computer games had a negative correlation with their academic performance.

Dr. Angel Nga-man Leung and Prof. Catherine McBride (pictured) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Department of Psychology carried out the study (PDF), which indicated that students spent 67 minutes per day, on average, playing MMOs, 44 minutes on solitary computer games, 44 minutes per day using handheld games and 31 minutes a day playing home video consoles. In gender specific results, boys played more minutes per day in each category when compared to their female counterparts.

The students were also asked to compare their real-life friends against friends from their online games. The results caused the researchers to declare:

Despite the fact that friendship quality in MMOGs is less comparable to the one in real life, the more online friendship a child reported experiencing in the MMOG context, the better the child’s psychological well-being was (social competence, life satisfaction, friendship satisfaction and self esteem).

English was the subject that suffered the most when kids spent too much time gaming, followed by Chinese and math, then social studies.

The researchers concluded that “online game playing is likely multifaceted in its effects,” and encouraged parents to limit the time their kids spend playing games.


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Re: Youth Study: Games Good for Mental Health, Bad for ...

Ya anything to take to much time away from schooling is bad.


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Re: Youth Study: Games Good for Mental Health, Bad for ...

I suppose ye ole Zippy (wait bro you are standing up for schools?!).  Well yes I suppose I agree.  Learning is a good thing (if only how to spell for posting or some such).  

Mind you my first thought upon reading the headline for this was "Good for brains but bad for learning... wth?!"  

Yes games Are good for the brain and motor control, well some are.. others are mindless rot but I digress. 

And I suppose that games are a wee bit more interesting than say doing a report on the boring book over or trying to solve for X, Y or Z.  So yes that might take away from schooling to a degree.  Thing is, this is common knowledge and harkens back futher than I can imagine. 

Before being blamed on games it was: TV, Movies, Music, Comics, pretty much any type of Social life,  or just good old fashioned fun of any type. 

Ok yes.  There are things that distract from learning.  But as the adage goes "All work and no play makes Jack (no no not John Bruce) a dull boy." 

Heres an idea... moderation (and less frivolous studies).

 

 

 
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