Researchers: Video games can harm kids' academic success

March 17, 2010 3:27:44 PM PDT
Parents often worry about children spending more time on video games than schoolwork.Now, a new study finds there is cause for concern.

According to researchers, young boys who own a video game system don't do as well academically as their non-playing peers.

Scientists say this suggests time spent playing video games is replacing time spent on homework.

They found the biggest differences in test scores emerged with reading and writing.

The study appears in the April issue of Psychological Science.