i’m about to reveal how old i am: i was in junior high (9th grade, i think) when a space invaders game got installed in the student union building of a local community college a few miles from my home. and my friend, chris dunlap, and i used to ride our 10-speeds over to schoolcraft community college in suburban detroit to drop quarters. chris was better than i was: clearly he had more quarters. but i remember the manic buzz i would get after playing that game for a while, both unconquerable and spent at the same time.
i played a wii the other day for the first time. the boxing game left me winded.
well, no giant surprise, i suppose, but a new study (reported in this upi article on young teens and gaming) shows that almost all middle school kids play games regularly on consoles or computers. only 6% haven’t played in the past six months. that 6% must be amish, homeless, or attending a waldorf school (like my kids — though my kids both play a bit o’ the ol’ x-box, to the chagrin of their teachers).
some other findings:
– Most 7th and 8th graders — ages 12 to 14 — regularly play violent video games.
– Two-thirds of boys and more than one in four girls reported playing at least one M-rated game “a lot in the past six months,” according to the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
– The researchers also found one-third of boys and 10 percent of girls play video or computer games almost every day.
– Many children are playing video games to manage their feelings, including anger and stress, and children who play violent games are more likely to play to get their anger out, according to lead author Cheryl K. Olson.
i find that last point to be the most interesting, actually. worth some thought. probably worth some more research.
(ht to ypulse)