Playing too many video games could lead to children developing attention problems. Researchers at Iowa State University studied 1,323 children in Years 3,4 and 5. The parents and children were asked how much time they spent playing video games and watching television and their teachers were asked about the children's attention spans. The study found that, on average, the children spent nearly four-and-a-half hours a day playing video games or watching television - far above the recommended two hours maximum. The children who had more than two hours 'screen time' were 1.5-2 times as likely to be above average in attention problems and the effect was just as great with video games as it was with television.
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