p2pnet news view | Games:- Almost four out of 10 parents say they argue with their kids about how much time they spend playing games, says a National Institute on Media and the Family poll.
The younger the child, “the more frequent the arguments,” says the site, going on, “Disputes about when games should be played and which games are appropriate are common as well”.
But the biggest problem is the amount of time kids spend playing, says the institute, adding, “As recent reports have shown, too much time spent playing video games might affect study habits, and could lead to video game addiction and other serious problems. As the games become more realistic and online games become more popular, limiting game time will become an even greater challenge.”
But two new studies, one Canadian and the other American, take the opposite view, presenting video games as highly desirable, helping families meld together.
According to the not entirely unbiased Entertainment Software Association of Canada, “one in two Canadians can be considered a gamer, having actively played video games within the past month,” says the Canwest News Service.
And the similarly not disinterested IGN Entertainment study found, “far from being loners, 55% of all gamers are married, 48% have children and 57% of those who are parents regularly play video games with their children,” says the story.
“Family gaming is becoming a big part of Canadian families’ pastime,” says ESA spokeswoman. “Mom, dad and the kids are all playing together.”
Not only but also, “Single gamers are twice as likely to go out on a date in any given month,” says Canwest, quoting the US report.
“They are also nine % more likely to go out with their friends than people who do not play video games” and, “gamers are 11% more likely to play sports than non-gamers and spend the same amount of time per week reading books as those who don’t play video games.”
Canwest News Service – Study debunks bad gamer image, October 28, 2008
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