There has been a lot of debate about the effects of video games on children. Researchers from Denison University in Ohio looked into this issue a bit further in a study of six-nine year-old boys. They gave half of them a video-game system at the start of the study and the other half a system four months later. The children's intelligence, reading and writing abilities and behaviour were assessed at the beginning and end of the study and over the course of the study the parents recorded their children's activities from the end of the school day until bedtime. The boys who got the video games spent less time doing schoolwork and more time playing computer games and had significantly lower reading and writing scores four months later. Although the parents reported no differences in behaviour between the two groups the teachers said that the boys with the video games had more learning problems.
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