Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy. This Is What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains. Video Game Addiction - Internet Gaming Addiction. By Emily Battaglia A recent article published in the journal Psychological Science indicates that youth in the United States may be at risk for addiction to video games.
According to a 2007 Harris poll of 1,178 American children and teens (ages 8 to 18), 8.5 percent of those who played video games exhibited six of 11 addiction symptoms. Violent video games leave teens 'morally immature' Playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers, according to a study in Canada.
In-depth research into the behaviour of about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others. More than half were found to play video games every single day, with violent games the most common. Researchers warned of adolescents losing a sense of "right and wrong". Brock University academics studied the behaviour of pupils at seven schools in Ontario, trying to understand the relationship between the type of video games played, the length of time spent playing and how it might affect their attitudes. Lack of empathy. Video game addiction: Does it exist? Children who watched more than the two hours per day maximum recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics were 1.5 to two times more likely to show attention problems, U.S. researchers say.
((IStock)) Video game addiction is not an official diagnosis, but studies estimate eight per cent of all children and teens are affected. Researchers are just starting to address questions like: "What seems to make some games more addictive than others? " 22 Charts & Graphs on Video Games & Youth Violence - Violent Video Games - ProCon.org.