Post Author: Bill Pratt
Researchers report that there is a correlation between how much time kids spend in front of video games and television, and their ability to focus in school. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Elementary school-age and college-age participants who exceed two hours per day of screen time are as much as twice as likely to be above average in attention problems.
In addition, the researchers “conclude that TV and video game viewing may be one contributing factor for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.”
Why does playing video games and watching TV cause attention problems? The report explains:
If we train the brain to require constant stimulation and constant flickering lights, changes in sound and camera angle, or immediate feedback, such as video games can provide, then when the child lands in the classroom where the teacher doesn’t have a million-dollar-per-episode budget, it may be hard to get children to sustain their attention.
Some food for thought. Our 12-year old son plays video games, but we are now requiring that for each hour over one hour daily that he wants to play, he must read for the same amount of time. Anybody else have ideas about how to limit screen time for kids?