Why video games are more harmful to girls than boys

Young girl playing video games on their smartphone

Young girl playing video games on their smartphone

This week the Society for Research in Child Development published the results of a study focused on the effects of gaming on children's development.

In a new study conducted by researchers in Norway found that the social development of young boys is not adversely affected by playing video games as some parents, educators, and policymakers had feared. They discovered that while there were some noticeable effects, broadly speaking, video gaming was deemed not to be associated with social development.

The researchers studied 873 Norwegian youth from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds every two years for six years when the children were ages 6 to 12.

However, all kids aged eight to 10 who find it hard to make friends are more likely to game more than two years later.

According to a new study, video games are more harmful to girls than they are boys.

The group of researchers found that the social competence of 10 year old girls playing video games frequently is lesser than 12 year old girls playing games less frequently.

Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and University of California, Davis in the United States looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds.

The findings come from researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NTNU Social Research, the University of California, Davis, and St. Olav's Hospital in Norway.

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'It might not be gaming itself that warrants our attention, but the reasons some children and adolescents spend a lot of their spare time playing the games'.

"It might be that poor social competence drives youth's tendency to play video games for extensive periods of time", suggests Lars Wichstrøm, professor of psychology at NTNU, who coauthored the study.

Body Mass Index, more the BMI in girls more they game.

On the other hand, girls who were heavy gamers had weak social skills over time and were prone to being more isolated. However, the study claims that higher BMI children tend to have problems developing social skills in general.

Disadvantaged youngsters were at a greater risk of suffering problems that affect their social competence.

The children aged 10 and 12 reported on how much they played video games using tablets, PCs, game consoles and mobile phones while their parents did for those aged six and eight.

The teachers of the youth also answered questions regarding the social competence of the adolescents and children over the years which includes measures such as self-control, assertion and co-operation. Still, there are findings from the study worth considering and monitoring, if only to help a child develop their social skills.

And the youth also reported how often they played games with their friends.

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