HINDER STUDY POWER
Copyright 2005 Asian News International
[ January 24th 2005 ]
study conducted by leading scientist Professor
Robert Winston suggests that children who spend
hours playing computer games and watching television
are failing to develop the skills to succeed at
school. According to the Daily Mail, he added
that youngsters are not acquiring the long-term
powers of study and application they need in class.
This is because the games they play and programmes
they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.
surveyed a group of primary school pupils and
found one in five had played Grand Theft Auto
- a notorious 18- certificate game where players
steal cars, kill people and pick up prostitutes.
"Many children who love computer games find it
hard to concentrate on the sort of tasks that
require slow application and are necessary for
school success," he said.
studied the impact of computer games on children's
ability to tackle various tasks. Those who spend
long periods playing quick-fire, adrenaline-pumping
games often lack a long- term attention span,
he found. Children who have computers and TVs
in their bedroom and sit in front of the screens
into the early hours instead of getting enough
are sleeping between two and five hours less than
their parents did at the same age. This affects
their performance at school and their behaviour
at home and some of that is down to computer games,"
Winston said. "Digital media may well have some
dangers as well as some advantages for children.
Modern children are spending three to four hours
a day in front of a computer or television screen
of some kind, often unsupervised," he added.