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  1. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    Report Documents Video Game Addiction

    By Antone Gonsalves
    InformationWeekMon Apr 2, 5:16 PM ET

    Close to one in 10 U.S. children and teenagers who play video games are addicted and suffer problems in their school and family lives as a result, a research firm said Monday.

    A January survey of more than 1,100 youths from ages 8 to 18 found that addicted gamers receive lower grades in school than their peers and are more likely to have been diagnosed with an attention deficit problem, Harris Interactive said.

    Researchers involved in the study said the prevalence of gaming among young people made the findings a reason for concern. "Almost one out of every 10 youth gamers show enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and psychological functioning to merit serious concern," Douglas Gentile, director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, said in a statement.

    Video game addicts are more likely to have game consoles in their bedroom and spend an average of 24.5 hours per week shooting imaginary bad guys in the virtual worlds. Besides being more likely to perform poorly in school, addicts get into more physical fights and are physically heavier than nonaddicts.

    Other findings are that nearly a quarter of the respondents in the online survey said they feel addicted to video games. Fully 44% of the youth said their friends are addicted. Nearly eight in 10 U.S. children and teenagers play video games at least once a month.

    The amount of time played differs by age and gender. Harris found the average 8- to 12-year-old plays 13 hours of video games peer week, while the average 13- to 18-year-old plays 14 hours per week. Boys in general played almost twice as much as girls.

    While people over 18 were not covered in the study, a report released last year by the Entertainment Software Association found that video and computer games were as attractive to adults as to teens. Fully 44% of gamers were between the ages of 18 and 49, and 31% were under 18 years old. Males accounted for more than three out of every five players.

    Not all research on video game play is negative. A study conducted last year by Beth Israel Medical Center in New York found that surgeons who played video games before participating in a performance test completed it more than 11 seconds faster than those doctors who didn't play the games.
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i wonder if the Wii was included in their studies? :p
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Ive seen plenty of conflicting reports that it increases math skills, hand eye coordination and social skills....but....that was before GTA3 and XBOX live.
  4. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    i used to lurk here 10 hours or so a week but never posted , then i started posting an average of four posts a day on macrumors as well as lurking and it easily went up to 15+ hours a week for a couple of years

    i am prolly way back down in time spent here now that my posts are down to 1 a day on average and very little lurking...but now i have a puppy and that takes up a lot of my time :)

    in a short while i will start law school and i may drop off the face of the earth for some years, but i hope not...this place is too fun
  5. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    interesting... at the same time some reports are saying that video games are making better surgeons.
  6. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    yes i know,, i ve heard a lot of very opossite resuts in this studies...

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