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Excessive videogaming linked to depression in kids

When it comes to video gaming, it seems moderation is important to a child's mental health. 

In a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers in the  U.S. and overseas studied more than 3,000 third, fourth, seventh and eighth graders in  Singapore and found that around 8 percent of the students were considered  pathological gamers. 

A young person was considered a pathological gamer when the practice damaged the actual functioning of his or her life by negatively impacting their  schoolwork, social life, family relationships, and psychological and emotional welfare.   

The study found that over a two-year period, about 84 percent of the gamers who were initially labeled as pathological remained so. The researchers also found that students who stopped their excessive gaming ended up with lower levels of depression, anxiety and social phobia than those who continued gaming.   

The study's authors say there are certain risk factors that may predict whether a child could become a pathological gamer -- if they were impulsive,  socially awkward, and played more games than the average child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that elementary school age children engage in no more than one hour of screen time a day, and high schoolers no more than two.

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