If you’re like most adults, you are probably a bit skeptical about the value of video games for children.
I’ll be the first to admit my own bias, particularly against violent games.
As I’ve watched my grandchildren play video games on smartphones and iPads, I’ve often wondered how it will affect their long-term development. But has research focused so heavily on the negative outcomes associated with video games that we’ve neglected to see the positive?
A recent article in the Journal of Adolescent Research caught my attention. It showed:
- Video games are the fastest growing type of entertainment in the world.
- 97% of U.S. adolescents play video games.
- Most young people ages 8-18 play video games an average of 13.2 hours per week.
I’m sure these figures are not shocking to the companies who develop and market video games to kids. But quite honestly, I was caught by surprise. Even more unexpected, the article challenged me to question my negative bias about video games.
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