Can too much time playing video games lead to impulsive behavior and attention problems in kids?
A new study published in the journal Psychology and Popular Media Culture suggests there is a connection between video games and impulsive behavior (or vice versa), but not necessarily a cause and effect relationship.
“In other words, people who spend more time playing video games subsequently have more attention problems, and “individuals who are more impulsive or have more attention problems subsequently spend more time playing video games,” according to the report published in the current issue of the journal Psychology and Popular Media Culture.”
“For the study, attention problems were defined as difficulty engaging in or sustaining behavior to reach a goal, the authors explained in a news release from the American Psychological Association.”
” ‘This is an important finding because most research on attention problems has focused on biological and genetic factors rather than on environmental factors,’ lead study author Douglas Gentile, of Iowa State University, said in the news release.”
“In conducting the study, researchers compiled information on the video game-playing habits of more than 3,000 children in Singapore ranging in age from 8 to 17 years over the course of three years. The children’s attention to detail, ability to concentrate and their impulsiveness were also measured.”
The article doesn’t say how many hours a day or week the kids were playing. I will continue to search for that information.
What do you think? Do you think there could be a relationship between the two? Have you ever noticed this? Does this article make you want to limit video game play even more?