home
RSS
Excess gaming linked to depression, bad grades
January 17th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Excess gaming linked to depression, bad grades

When it comes to playing video games, it seems moderation is important to a child's mental health. A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds excessive gaming may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor grades in school.

Researchers in the U.S. and overseas looked at more than 3,000 elementary and middle-school children in Singapore and found that almost 9% of them were considered pathological or "addicted" to gaming – similar percentages were found in other countries.

Over a two-year period about 84% of those who started out as excessive gamers remained so, indicating that this may not simply be a phase that children go through. Boys were more likely to show symptoms of excessive gaming. Overall those considered "pathological" gamers displayed higher levels of depression and other mental health issues than their peers who played fewer video games. The researchers also found that students who did stop their excessive gaming reduced their levels of depression, anxiety and social phobia.

There is debate in the medical community as to whether pathological or "addictive" video gaming should be listed as a mental disorder in the American Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders – a guide used by the American Psychiatric Association in diagnosing mental disorders.

To gauge the level of pathological gaming, the study authors asked students questions similar to the type used to diagnose gambling addiction such as: were students becoming more preoccupied with video games, did they lie about the amount of time spent playing, had their schoolwork suffered, and if playing helped them escape from problems or bad feelings.

A young person was labeled pathological or "addicted" if the practice caused problems in his or her life.

"And we define that as actual functioning – their school, social, family, occupational, psychological functioning. To be considered pathological, gamers must be damaging multiple areas of their lives," explains study author Douglas Gentile, Ph.D., developmental psychologist at Iowa State University in Ames.

Pathological gamers were playing an average of more than 31 hours a week compared with their less excessive peers who played about 19 hours a week.

Gentile and the other researchers also looked at potential risk factors for becoming pathological gamers.

"Kids who were more impulsive were more likely to become addicted; they had a harder time managing their impulse control. If they were socially awkward then they were more likely to be addicted and if they spent a greater amount of time then the average kids playing games," explained Gentile.

The Entertainment Software Association disagreed with the findings. " "There simply is no concrete evidence that computer and video games cause harm," a statement from the organization said. "In fact, a wide body of research has shown the many ways games are being used to improve our lives through education, health and business applications."

Dr. Don Shifrin, spokesperson with the American Academy of Pediatrics, called Gentile's study important. "It allows us to take a harder look at how gamers play and whether there is balance in the lives of our children and teens," he said

The AAP recommends that elementary school age children engage in no more than one hour of screen time a day, and high schoolers no more than  two.


soundoff (1,352 Responses)
  1. RV Repairs Near Me

    https://www.ams.ceu.edu/optimal/optimal.php?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.mobi/motorhome-upgrade-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. takeout near me

    I truly love your website.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as Iím trying to create my own site and would like to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thank you!

    http://www.dev-skanvor.1gb.ru/redir.php?url=http://www.nearmyspot.com/

    June 18, 2021 at 20:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Repair Shop

    http://citidex.sfgov.org/cgi-bin/sunindex/getData.cgi?docColor=deptsonly&dispRec=yes&contact=TedYamasaki&phone=(415)557-4815&url=www.ocrv.vip/school-bus-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Repair Seal Beach

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this web site needs a lot more attention. Iíll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

    https://wbmonitor.bibb.de/dereferer.php?link=http://www.ocrvcenter.com/volvo-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    I absolutely love your site.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you build this web site yourself? Please reply back as Iím planning to create my very own site and want to learn where you got this from or what the theme is called. Appreciate it!

    http://linkytools.com/basic_link_entry_form.aspx?link=entered&returnurl=ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-west-chatsworth-california

    June 19, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RV Repair Near My Location

    I couldnít resist commenting. Well written!

    http://www.lolinez.com/?https://www.ocrv.life/boom-truck-collision-repair-paint-shop-near-me-orange-county

    June 19, 2021 at 02:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    https://fcviktoria.cz/media_show.asp?id=2924&id_clanek=2467&media=0&type=1&url=www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-kitchen-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    http://www.proteinaute.com/lib/request/redirect.php?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-reseda-california

    June 19, 2021 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Repair Around Me

    http://www.eridan.websrvcs.com/System/Login.asp?id=48747&Referer=http://ocrv.rocks/rv-repair-shop-san-marcos-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. cricket wireless near me

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having difficulties with your RSS. I donít know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://mailstreet.com/redirect.asp?url=http://www.bestlocalnearme.com

    June 19, 2021 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nearest RV Repair

    https://www.cssdrive.com/?URL=www.ocrv.art/elliott-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. skateparks near me

    http://johnnyx38m9.atualblog.com/6283771/the-smart-trick-of-car-repair-that-no-one-is-discussing

    June 19, 2021 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Repair Near Me Now

    https://paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=https://www.ocrvmotorcoaches.com/thor-trailer-collision-repair-paint-shop-near-me-orange-county

    June 19, 2021 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Camper Repair Shops Near Me

    https://www.secure.duoservers.com/?lang=en&s_id=123179&rdomain=ocrvandtrucks.com/rv-america-rv-collision-repair-shop-near-me&action=order

    June 19, 2021 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sprinter Repair Costa Mesa

    https://gladbeck.de/ExternerLink.asp?ziel=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/safeco-rv-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 20:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. RV Repair California

    Hi! I could have sworn Iíve been to this website before but after going through some of the articles I realized itís new to me. Anyhow, Iím certainly pleased I came across it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

    http://ssomgmt.ascd.org/profile/createsso/createsso.aspx?returnurl=http://ocrvexperts.com/motorhome-frame-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 23:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Repairs Nearby

    http://www.ric.edu/Pages/link_out.aspx?target=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-bathroom-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. SEO Marketing Companies Near Me

    I like it whenever people get together and share ideas. Great blog, continue the good work!

    http://www.tingbar.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 03:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Fashion Trends

    Thanks for enabling me to get new concepts about computers. I also have the belief that one of the best ways to maintain your laptop in prime condition is with a hard plastic material case, as well as shell, that fits over the top of your computer. A majority of these protective gear are generally model distinct since they are manufactured to fit perfectly within the natural covering. You can buy all of them directly from the owner, or through third party places if they are readily available for your notebook computer, however only a few laptop could have a spend on the market. Yet again, thanks for your recommendations.

    https://www.kayswell.com

    June 20, 2021 at 04:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Digital Marketing Agencies

    There's certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I love all of the points you've made.

    https://www.kultur-bad-vilbel.de/goto/?u=http://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 04:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Local Marketing Agencies Near Me

    https://www.gatherhome.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 05:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Social Media Marketing Companies Near Me

    http://express-foods.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Google Marketing Service

    I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written!

    http://www.krifcher.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.http://affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 06:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Internet Marketing Specialist

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Many thanks!

    http://vacationvermont.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Content Marketing Consultant

    You need to take part in a contest for one of the highest quality sites on the web. I most certainly will highly recommend this web site!

    http://www.teachingengine.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.http://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 07:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Local Marketing Companies Near Me

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    https://ww17.flojalin.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Video Marketing Agencies

    http://www.camber.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Google Marketing Service

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the site is also really good.

    https://denvermuseum.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. SEO Marketing Services

    http://distroarchitecture.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Social Media Marketing Companies

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It's the little changes that produce the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    https://mysnippetsofinspiration.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Ariel Wigley

    I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I've got you book marked to look at new things you postÖ

    https://ww17.yourname.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=meticulousjessmarketing.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Maurice Sheerer

    What blogging site can I start a blog and actually get viewers or subscribers?

    https://www.facebook.com/KateKowalskyWebMarketing

    June 20, 2021 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Clemente Rexwinkle

    https://georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/exit.aspx?url=https://wavesstudiorack.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Clair Podbielski

    https://images.google.fi/url?q=https://coolcatsupplystore.com

    June 20, 2021 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Su Bonnie

    There's certainly a lot to know about this topic. I love all of the points you have made.

    http://loome.net/demo.php?url=www.ocrvcenter.biz/

    June 20, 2021 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Major Medina

    http://bizsearch.jhnewsandguide.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.getmoneytraveling.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Maribeth Medland

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It's always useful to read content from other authors and practice something from other web sites.

    http://www.community.nxp.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/ExternalRedirect?url=https://yonivibes.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Janiece Baughan

    Itís hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you seem like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

    https://bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=www.ocrv.art

    June 20, 2021 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Daron Sinistore

    I like looking through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

    http://cliopatria.swi-prolog.org/browse/list_resource?r=www.ocrv.store

    June 20, 2021 at 21:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. www.pharmaceptica.com

    tadalafil without a doctor prescription https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Mitsue Dameron

    Hello, I do think your website could be having web browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, fantastic blog!

    https://secure.duoservers.com/?lang=en&s_id=123179&rdomain=http://yonivibes.com&action=order&popup=1

    June 20, 2021 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Repairs Near My Location

    https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=hdorrh+HcDlQ+zUEnZU5qlfKZ1Cl53X6&url=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 20, 2021 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. psychiatrist near me

    Very good info. Lucky me I discovered your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

    https://redirect.camfrog.com/redirect/?url=http://bestshopnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 01:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Repairs Near Me

    This is the right webpage for anyone who hopes to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally would want toÖHaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been discussed for decades. Great stuff, just great!

    http://snz-nat-test.aptsolutions.net/ad_click_check.php?banner_id=1&ref=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Repairs Near My Location

    http://carltonlabs.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 02:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    http://bebelleusa.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 02:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. community colleges near me

    http://www.boyswantmoms.com/cgi-bin/at3/out.cgi?id=22&tag=toplist&trade=http://quotenearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 03:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. home depot near me

    http://drmar.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 03:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. kitchen supplies near me

    Great post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our site. Keep up the great writing.

    http://pegasusglobalinc.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=nearmyspot.com

    June 21, 2021 at 06:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. furniture stores near me

    bookmarked!!, I like your blog!

    http://zoey.wildrose.net/cgi-bin/friends/out.cgi?id=secret&url=https://www.masternearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Leave a Reply to RV Repair Near Me Now


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.