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Boys who play video games have lower depression risk: Study

While it is always advisable to lessen the screen time for kids, however, the findings of a novel study say otherwise. The novel study advocates that boys who regularly play video games at age of 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later. The study led by a UCL researcher was published in ‘Psychological Medicine’. It also found that girls who spend more time on social media appear to develop more depressive symptoms. Taken together, the findings demonstrate how different types of screen time can positively or negatively influence young people’s mental health, and may also impact boys and girls differently. Lead author, Ph.D. student Aaron Kandola (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Screens allow us to engage in a wide range of activities. Guidelines and recommendations about screen time should be based on our understanding of how these different …

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