Video games aid social skills
A new research done by the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, US has found that playing video games is associated with high overall school competence and less relationship problems with peers. A study was done involving over 3,000 children between ages six and eleven, the researchers assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills.
“Video game playing is often a collaborative leisure time activity for school-aged children. These results indicate that children who frequently play video games may be socially cohesive with peers and integrated into the school community,” said one of the researchers Katherine Keyes, assistant professor at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, US. Researchers, though, caution against excess playing.
The results were published online in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.
So children you rejoice, play video games by all means. But then, don’t overdo it. Set your own limits, be your own guards.