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Video Games and the Depressed Teenager

(1/24/2011)

Roni Caryn Rabin
The New York Times
January 18, 2011

There’s been a lot of buzz about whether video games are habit-forming, and whether parents are exaggerating when they say their teenagers are “addicted” to game playing. Now new research on children who are heavy gamers suggests parents may have something else to worry about: depression. Two recent studies of gamers are among the first to follow large groups of teenagers over time to assess their mental health and how much time they spend playing video games. Their gaming habits were assessed at the start of the study period, and the researchers then followed them for a year or two to see how they were faring.

Read the full article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/video-games-and-the-depressed-teenager/


Keywords: video games, depressed teenager



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