A new study, published online in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Paris Descartes University has found that playing video games may have positive effects on young children.
The study assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills, and after adjusting for child age, gender, and number of children, the researchers found that high video game usage was associated with a 1.75 times the odds of high intellectual functioning and 1.88 times the odds of high overall school competence.
There were no significant associations with any child self-reported or mother- or teacher-reported mental health problems. The researchers also found that more video game playing was associated with less relationship problems with their peers.