of video games and their influence on children is an often-discussed one.
Studies on the subject have thus far been inconclusive, and people have spoken
passionately on both sides of the story. However, a UK study published in the British
Medical Journal appears to indicate that, contrary to what some people believe, playing
video games at a young age does not cause any significant psychological
The study was
conducted by surveying children of ages 5 to 7 that were exposed to screen entertainment
(i.e. video games and television) for three hours per day. It showed that
watching TV for three hours or more per day caused mild behavioral problems, but no
such effect was found amongst children playing video games. Moreover, there was
no difference in behavioral change between genders. The authors of this study
concluded that additional research in the subject was required to establish causality
rather than correlation, meaning that the study is not yet conclusive.
Source: British Medical Journal