Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Children and Video Games: Experts look at possibility of addiction!

I've watched my grandchildren play with video games and have been amazed at their dexterity and comprehension of the games intricacies.

This morning I ran across an article on the subject that I'm going to share with you.

From the Washington Post:

Video-game addiction a real problem, study finds

By Donna St. George | The Washington Post
April 21, 2009

"A new study concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some youths skimping on homework, lying about how much they play and struggling, without success, when they try to cut back.
In what is described as the first nationally representative study in
the U.S. on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.
"For some kids, they play in such a way that it becomes out of balance. And they're damaging other areas of their lives, and it isn't just one area, it's many areas," said Gentile, a psychologist and assistant professor whose study was posted online Monday by the journal Psychological Science."

Read the whole story here.

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