Are video games bad for academic success?

Thanks to the health crisis, the time we spend in front of the screens has increased further. Social networks, streaming, video games, there is no shortage of entertainment offers. In children, however, exposure should be limited to less than one hour per day. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

To reach such conclusions, the scientists relied on data from a survey carried out in China among 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 browsing social networks have significantly lower results than their peers. According to them, a tolerance of 4 hours for the weekend can nevertheless be accepted.

Other studies point to the benefits of video games

The authors explain:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has been essential in facilitating distance learning. At the same time, there are growing concerns that excessive use of technology, especially for entertainment, may harm children’s educational development by facilitating unwanted habits and diverting time from activities. learning.

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

This research is interesting even if it must of course be qualified. Last April, we told you about another study carried out by researchers from Serbia, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. They observed that students addicted to video games are also the ones who obtained 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 phase of gaming.

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