You may be laughing at the headline, but recent research from Michigan State University found that kids whose parents tend to nag them a lot found refuge in front of the TV playing video games. The 500 students revealed that the more negatively they perceived their parents’ behavior toward them, and the less monitored they felt, the more games they played.
The lead researcher, Linda Jackson, says in a press release, “Does a parent’s negative interactions with their child drive the child into the world of videogames, perhaps to escape the parent’s negativity? Or, alternatively, does videogame playing cause the child to perceive his or her relationship with the parent as negative?”
Similar to the chicken and egg theory, one will never really know if nagging parents lead to more video game playing or if parents nag because their kids are playing video games too much. Regardless of what the catalyst for prolonged gaming is, it’s important to have restrictions in the house. The Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation is one hour of gaming a day maximum. And keep those lines of communication wide open so that if kids are indeed using their Xbox as a means of escaping, maybe they’ll realize that talking to parents is a lot more rewarding.