Children and teenagers who spend 1 to 3 hours a day or less are actually more sociable and happy than those who are addicted to video games or those who who never played video games, said a study conducted by the Oxford University.
People who spend more than 60% of their leisure time playing video games were found to have problems in getting adjusted with challenging circumstances they face in life. However, the effect of video games on the kids were found to be marginal compared to domestic factors like family conflicts, schooling and poverty.
The study reiterated the fact that the youth who spend between 1-3 hours for video games per day did not experience any adjustment problems or negative effects in their social behaviour.
The study published in the journal Pediatrics says 3 out of 4 children in Britain play video games daily and those who spend less than an hour for video games in a day also were found to have fewer emotional or adjustment problems. They are less hyperactive compared to those who spend more than 3 hours a day on games.
The research, first of its kind to evaluate the good and bad effects of gaming, is based on a sample of about 5,000 UK children in the age group of 10 to 15 years, half of them girls and the other half boys. They were asked questions about the time they spend in a day on console or computer. Based on their answers about their levels of satisfaction in life, empathy, hyperactivity and peer-relations are evaluated.