A new study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly suggests that children who play a lot of video games might actually be doing harm to their attention spans. The survey followed 1,323 elementary school students for over a year and found that those who play games more than two hours a day are 67 % more likely to have attention problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is a similar correlation as found in other studies surrounding television consumption.
However, the study concedes it can only prove correlation, not causation and goes on to say that there are holes in this theory – as video games require concentration and focus which is something someone with ADHD will lack.
Of course, this hasn’t stopped the tabloids jumping all over this like flies on poop. Metro are running with the headline ‘Video games are linked to ADHD’ – and promptly goes on to list all the negatives from the study, and none of the actual conclusions.
Speaking personally, I’ve been playing video games for twenty three years now and yet I manage to function perfectly well in society. Are these studies a valuable resource, or just a waste of money?