Are Video Games Bad For Academic Success?

Thanks to the health crisis, the time we spend in front of the screens has continued to increase. There is no shortage of social networks, streaming, video games and entertainment. In children, however, exposure should be limited to less than one hour per day. This is the result of a study by the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

To draw such conclusions, the scientists relied on data from a survey conducted in China of 10,000 students with an average age of 13 and a half years. The researchers’ observation is clear: children who spend more than an hour a day playing or surfing on social networks achieve significantly worse results than their peers. According to this, a tolerance of 4 hours can still be accepted for the weekend.

Other studies point to the benefits of video games

The authors explain:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology was critical to making distance learning easier. At the same time, there is growing concern that the overuse of technology, especially for entertainment purposes, can affect children’s educational development by encouraging undesirable habits and diverting time from study.

The problem is all the greater as children receive more and more online education. Hence, the transition from serious activity to leisure can be done with one click. Under these conditions, the parents have an interest in keeping watch.

This research is interesting, although of course it has to be qualified. Last April, we told you about another study carried out by researchers from Serbia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They found that students who depend on video games are also the ones who get the best academic results.

A phenomenon of “work hard, play hard” was observed. The good students are assigned a personal reward system: after a long review session, a long period of play.

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