Yale Study: Gaming Isn’t Unhealthy

BY Andrew Miesner / November 16, 2010

In a study done by Yale University, it has been determined that not only does gaming pose little threat to adolescent teens, it may even be beneficial to their health.

The study was published Monday morning in the journal Pediatrics and has been called one of the most comprehensive examinations of video games’ effect on health among adolescents.

Of 4,000+ people that participated in the study, over 50% were gamers. Rani Desai, associate professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Yale even goes on to state that he believes that gaming does not pose a concern for adolescent teens. He also believes that playing video games may be a primary factor in detering gamers from taking up smoking.

Desai does, however, state that there are the bad apples of the group that face cigarette smoking, drug use, depression and serious fights as a possible result of gaming addiction, however they make up a mere 5% of the gaming population.

More information about the study can be found here.