Study: Video games may be beneficial

(NBC News) – Despite a common belief that video games are detrimental to children’s health, a new study says a small amount of playing might actually help children.

The study at the University of Oxford looked at the video game habits of 5,000 children ages 10 to 15, and they found playing video games for less than an hour a day had a positive impact on life satisfaction and promoted social behavior.

Meanwhile, playing games for more than three hours had the opposite effect.

Outside experts say there may be a benefit to video games if they are incorporated with a variety of outdoor activities, books and family experiences.

Still, the researchers say more research is still needed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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