Video games often stand in the way of exercise and healthy eating among male college students, a new study shows.
"It's important to understand that video games are a risk factor for poor lifestyle habits that may contribute to poor health," said researcher Dustin Moore, a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire.
"We know that habits developed in adolescence a...
Teens who stay glued to screens, be it televisions or electronic devices, are not only getting less exercise -- they're more likely to down too many sugary, caffeinated drinks, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 32,400 U.S. students in grades 8 and 10. They found that more than 27% exceeded recommended sugar intake and 21% exceeded recommended c...
Video games carry labels with an age-related rating, typically based on the level of violence, strong language and sexual content. But that's not the only guideline to consider.
An industry group called the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) sets the ratings. Look closely at the video game box or information on a game app and you'll also find "content descriptors." There are 3...
Shoot 'em up video games might be making your children far too comfortable with how they approach and handle real-life firearms, a new study argues.
Kids who played a version of Minecraft featuring guns were much more likely to handle a happened-upon but unloaded firearm than kids whose Minecraft game featured swords or no weapons at all, researchers found.
Does playing a lot of video games really jeopardize a boy's ability to make and keep friends?
Maybe not, reports a team of Norwegian and American researchers.
Investigators spent six years tracking the gaming habits and social interactions of nearly 900 Norwegian children from ages 6 to 12. They found that as a whole, children who were more adept and comfortable with sociali...
Leading health organizations are warning about the possibility of video game addiction.
The World Health Organization has included it in the latest edition of its reference book of health disorders, while the American Psychiatric Association's book offers warning signs but does not yet list it as an addiction. So parents might wonder whether any gaming is safe for their kids.
Can violent video games push some kids to act violently in real life? A new research review suggests the answer is "yes."
The analysis combined the results of 24 past studies, involving more than 17,000 children and teenagers. Overall, researchers found, kids who played video games featuring fighting, attacks and killing were somewhat more likely than their peers to become more aggres...
Parents, can't seem to tear the kids away from their screens? There are ways you won't have to -- and still get them off the couch.
Exergaming allows players to engage in physical activity while also participating in video games -- using a video camera, an infrared sensor or other technology that tracks their movements while playing.