Researchers Say Video Gaming Makes Boys Stupid

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.

That’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.”


Written by Jon Edwards

Jon Edwards enjoys The Mighty Boosh, Can, John Lydon and Roller Derby.

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