I write a lot about screen time. I never intended to, but stuff just keeps popping up, like moms being distracted by their phones, or distracted walkers becoming a serious problem with teens and children, or that there seems to be little evidence about the educational value of phone games and apps.
Wait...is that last one true?
Researches from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development now claim that playing games can make your brain more powerful.
The study found that people who played at
least 30 minutes of Mario 64 every day for two months actually
grew significant amounts of new gray matter in three areas of the brain
correlated with spatial navigation, strategic planning, working memory,
and motor performance.
Their research, of course, is geared more toward theraputic interventions on psychiatric disorders and on adults, but all the same, I can't help but think video games may help children with their motor control skills, memory and visual mapping (depending on the system you play.)
So, what's a mom to do?
This mom is going to go with the wisdom of her mother (thanks, Mom) and many other women before her and stick with the mantra of "all things in moderation." Sometimes, children just need to play and we don't need to worry if it is good for them or not. So, go and save the princess, Mario. (But, do your homework first.)
What's the video game policy in your house?