Tes focus on… Computer games

Playing shoot-em-ups for hours on end is damaging students’ ability to learn, right? Wrong, according to academic Andrew Przybylski, who tells Chris Parr there is little strong evidence to back up such claims

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This year, the World Health Organisation added “gaming disorder” to its International Classification of Diseases. The entry states that a proportion of people who play video games do so to the exclusion of other daily activities. What’s more, they become unaware of changes in their physical or psychological health that could be linked to their gaming addiction.

This idea of a link between computer addiction and mental health will be familiar territory for teachers – many have long suspected that staying up late to play the latest first-person shooter has a detrimental effect on kids. And the ...

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