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Girl Gamers More At Risk Than Boys: Parental Monitoring Needed

By Tim Woda on January 24, 2011 at 3:06 PM

online gameGiven the proliferation of teen gamers out there, Yale researchers were curious about what types of behaviors gaming was most often associated with. Out of the 4,028 respondents in the study, 2,064 of them (51.2%) reported playing at least an hour of video games per week. Here’s what they found about those kids.

    • Boys were much more likely (76.3%) to be gamers than girls (29.2%)
    • Gaming was significantly more prevalent in Asians and students with lower grades
    • Different behaviors were typical for male gamers versus female gamers

One of the most interesting parts of the study was that boys who played video games were more likely to have higher GPAs, never smoke, or never use marijuana. Aside from high caffeine consumption, there were no risky health behaviors associated with male gaming.

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