In a study that was carried out on more than 3,000 children aged 6 to 11 years, researchers assessed the relationship between the time spent playing video games and the mental health of the children as well as their social skills.
One of the researchers, Katherine Keyes, said that “Video game playing is often a collaborative leisure time activity for school-aged children. These results indicate that children who frequently play video games may be socially cohesive with peers and integrated into the school community.”
She added that “We caution against over interpretation, however, as setting limits on screen usage remains an important component of parental responsibility as an overall strategy for student success.”
These findings were posted online in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology journal.
According to the reports from the parents, one in five kids spent more than 5 hours each week playing video games.
The mental health of the children was assessed via a questionnaire and the children provided feedback using an interactive tool. Their academic success was evaluated by their teachers.
After categorizing the findings depending on gender, age and number of children, the researchers ended up with results that suggested that high video game usage led to 1.75 times the odds of high intellectual functioning and 1.88 times the odds of high school performance.
In a further finding, less relationship problems with ones’ peers was associated with more video games.