The topic
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

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You can contact me at [email protected] Hello, my name is Nikola and I'm Gamnesia's Content Director. My job on this site involves managing all our weekly content, and ensuring that they have a timely release date, but I also contribute with the daily news grind and the occasional editorial. I've grown up with video games, but have only recently taken an active interest in writing and discussing them at a deeper level. My history with games has been very Nintendo-focused, but my tastes have changed a bit over time and I now mostly do my gaming on my PC. If you're interested in my work, you can read a small selection below: Assassin's Creed Unity And The Death of 30 FPS Games Are not Ready to be Art The Rise of PC Gaming: How Valve Conquered a Digital World How Fear of Change Set Console Gaming Back


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