Prepare to question everything you once thought was true, because science is now claiming that kids who play video games for up to an hour per day are happier and more sociable than those who don’t play at all. So much for human interaction!
The Oxford University study polled around 5,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 who spend varying amounts of time playing video games, the Telegraph reports.
“Young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on video games for three hours or more,” the study is quoted as saying.
The researchers reportedly found that kids who played video games for an hour per day “were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives,” the Telegraph reported. “They also appeared to have fewer friendship and emotional problems, and reported less hyperactivity than the other groups.”
Of course, the kids might just be happy because they’re earning thousands of dollars.
Anyway, these findings don’t mean we should just hand our kids Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and tell them to have a nice life. The study also found, predictably, that kids who played video games for more than three hours per day were less happy and less well-adjusted. Womp womp.
“This could be because they miss out on other enriching activities and possibly expose themselves to inappropriate content designed for adults,” the study reportedly said.
On the other hand, we’re pretty sure we played the Sims for like seven hours a day, and we turned out alright.