WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Gaming Study

By: Ninette Sosa
By: Ninette Sosa

We take a look at who is at risk for excessive video gaming and what this may mean for your child.

Ninette Sosa has more in today's Health Minute.

When it comes to video gaming, it seems moderation is important to a child's mental health.

In a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics - researchers in the U.S and overseas studied more than 3000 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th graders in Singapore and found that around 8 percent of the students were considered pathological gamers.

A young person was considered a pathological gamer when the practice damaged the actual functioning of his or her life by negatively impacting their schoolwork, social life, family relationships, and psychological and emotional welfare.

The study found that over a 2 year period, about 84 percent of the gamers who were initially labeled as pathological remained so.

The researchers also found that students who stopped their excessive gaming ended up with lower levels of depression, anxiety and social phobia than those who continued gaming.

The study's authors say there are certain risk factors that may predict whether a child could become a pathological gamer - if they were impulsive, socially awkward, and played more games than the average child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that elementary school age children engage in no more than 1 hour of screen time a day, and high schoolers no more than two.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.

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