In one investigation, game consoles were given to children who were doing well in school. After four months, they were found to spend more time playing games and less time doing homework. Their grades dropped about 5%. In another study, they had to learn a list of words. The next morning, those who did not play recalled about 80% of the lesson compared to 50% of the others. The authors found that playing interfered with sleep and memorization.
I always advocated for children to invest their time in recreational activities, high at includes video gaming. Does this study specify the children’s time spent on said games? Intuitively, spending too much time doing anything will diminish a child’s academic capabilities, not just video gaming.
Based on my observation of my students, those who play sports, play video games and watch TV programmes are actually smarter and quicker in their work. While those who don’t expose themselves to stimulus are slower.