Video games and attention problems

Television viewing has been associated with attention problems in children.

And now, a new study, “Television and Video Game Exposure and the Development of Attention Problems,” published in the August print issue of Pediatrics (published online July 5), found a similar effect for video games.

Photo courtesy Rob Turchick

Researchers assessed 1,323 children in third, fourth and fifth grades over 13 months, using reports from the parents and children about their video game and television habits, as well as teacher reports of attention problems.

Another group of 210 college students provided self-reports of television habits, video game exposure and attention problems.

Researchers found children who exceeded the 2 hours per day of screen time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to be above average in attention problems.

And it’s not just an issue for kids.  Young adults showed a similar association, suggesting that early video game exposure may have lasting consequences.

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One response to “Video games and attention problems

  1. wow..i guess that’s why you’ll see some people staring at nothing while you’re talking to them. I’ve seen people even have eye to eye contact problems.

    Usually, when we talk, we do eye contact right? but i’ve seen video game addicts, tv addicts and anime (japanese cartoon) addicts have the same problem. it’s like they don’t know how to talk to another person.

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