Video Games: An Introduction
Did You Know?
- In 2009, over 11 million people played World of Warcraft, an online, subscription fee-based multiplayer game.
- According to one study, nearly 1 in 10 young gamers displayed behavior patterns similar to addiction.1
- The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8- to 18-year-olds are exposed to an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes of media each day.
Whether your child is an avid gamer or rarely picks up a controller, it's important to understand the world of video games--especially in the age of online gaming--so you can make your child's experience with games both a positive and a beneficial one.
1. Douglas Gentile, “Pathological Video Game Use among Youth 8 to 18: A National Study,” Psychological Science 20, no. 5 (2009): 594-602.
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