Teens spending more time online than ever before
First, the bad news:
Teens and children spend an average of 10 hours a day looking at some form of screen, according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Teens who regularly played for three hours or more a day were more likely to be hyperactive, have behavior issues and show less interest in academics than those who played less than an hour a day or not at all,” a study from the Washington Post states. “Students who regularly visit Facebook or chat sites are more likely to fall behind in math, science and reading.”
But then, the good news:
“Online gaming is suggested to boost teenagers’ school grades,” a study from RMIT University said. There may be plenty of studies from a plethora of sources, but the proof is in the pudding. Survey results show that the majority of students visit social media one to 10 hours a week, and spend no time whatsoever playing video games.
“Playing video games has helped me through things like my parents’ divorce, and I think it’s helped things like tactical awareness and my reaction time.” said sophomore Cameron Armstrong. Cameron said he plays video games about 10 hours a week, only on weekends.
Sophomore Cameron Henson said he plays roughly 15 hours a week in some of his favorite games such as Counter Strike, osu!, and Overwatch.
Sophomore Eli Lewis said he plays about 10-15 hours a week, and received a 4.0 GPA both semesters last year. “I’d say my reflexes may have been slightly heightened. I’m a straight A student and usually do not struggle much in classes”.
However, Lewis also says that playing video games may not be the best use of his time, and could be better focused on his schoolwork or spending time with his family.