ADHD and Video Games Research Note
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Results of most clinical studies show that playing video games worsens ADHD symptoms. Recently, in an Iowa State University study, researchers followed a group of 1,323 children for 13 months. They asked the children and their parents to report how much time the kids spent watching TV and playing video games, and they asked the kids' teachers to report their students' attention problems. In another arm of the study, 210 older children were similarly evaluated. Bottom line: Playing video games and watching TV are linked to increased attention problems in younger and older children.Fast Facts:
- Playing video games is linked to increased attention problems in children.
- Some children who have ADHD may become addicted to playing video games.
- Adolescents who play more than an hour of computer or video games a day have more intense problems with ADHD symptoms.
- Watching TV can also worsen attention problems.
- Consider limiting the amount of time your child plays video games.
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