Playing video games for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers, suggests a new study.
The research, carried out by Oxford University, found that 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.
Study author Dr Andrew Przybylski from the Oxford Internet Institute said that the results supported recent laboratory-based experiments that had identified the downsides to playing electronic games. However, high levels of video game-playing appear to be only weakly linked to children's behavioural problems in the real world.
The study is published in the journal, Pediatrics.