Parents may at last have a winning argument to kick their youngsters off their Xbox, Wii or PlayStation – too much video gaming can inhibit learning in young boys.
Seems that young boys who had a PlayStation spent less time engaging with after-school educational activities and showed less advancement in their reading and writing skills over time than the control group.
Thatâ€™s part of the findings from researchers at Denison University in Ohio. They ran a controlled trial. The findings aren’t based on survey data of kids’ game habits, but instead on a specific group of children that were randomly assigned to receive a PlayStation or not. They were aged between 6 and 9.
“There’s nothing evil about video games per se,” said study researcher Robert Weis, a psychologist. “It’s just that we need to monitor kids’ usage of these games and to urge moderation in the amount that kids play these games.”