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Can video games cause behavior problems?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, they can
Along with increased aggression if the games are violent, protracted use of all media (more than 2 hours/ day) is associated with obesity.
Children with adhd often " hyperfocus" and do not appear to hear instructions. Games and tv at bedtime lead to delayed-onset sleep. A fatigued child often is more "hyper" and irritable than drowsy. Turn off games and tv at least 20 minutes before bedtime.

In brief: Yes, they can
Along with increased aggression if the games are violent, protracted use of all media (more than 2 hours/ day) is associated with obesity.
Children with adhd often " hyperfocus" and do not appear to hear instructions. Games and tv at bedtime lead to delayed-onset sleep. A fatigued child often is more "hyper" and irritable than drowsy. Turn off games and tv at least 20 minutes before bedtime.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Many of today's video games are quite violent and realistic.
It is very important to follow the guidelines for age requirements on the box. E is for everyone, t for teens at least 13, m is mature-17 and up and a for adults 18 and older. You are not doing your child a favor to allow him or her to play video games geared for older people. Over nine hours per week can cause more behavior problems.

In brief: Yes
Many of today's video games are quite violent and realistic.
It is very important to follow the guidelines for age requirements on the box. E is for everyone, t for teens at least 13, m is mature-17 and up and a for adults 18 and older. You are not doing your child a favor to allow him or her to play video games geared for older people. Over nine hours per week can cause more behavior problems.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
There is some research evidence that violent video games may increase violent behavior, aggression and oppositional behavior.

In brief: Maybe
There is some research evidence that violent video games may increase violent behavior, aggression and oppositional behavior.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Youth that already have behavioral problems are more vulnerable to the effect of violent media.
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