Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

September 9, 2011 -

An interesting research project from Michigan University that polled middle-schoolers about their game playing habits found that nagging parents may be driving their kids to play even more video games than they normally would. Of course, researchers say that children could simply "perceive" that their parents are nagging them about their gameplay.

The study, which was backed by funding from the National Science Foundation, is one of the first pieces of research to link parental behavior to children’s' videogame playing habits. Researchers surveyed more than 500 students from 20 middle schools in the state and found that the more children perceived their parents’ behavior as negative and the less monitoring parents did, the more the children played videogames. The next step, says lead researcher Linda Jackson, is to find out what’s fuels children’s videogame behavior.

"Does a parent’s negative interactions with their child drive the child into the world of videogames, perhaps to escape the parent’s negativity?" said Jackson, professor of psychology at MSU. "Or, alternatively, does videogame playing cause the child to perceive his or her relationship with the parent as negative?"

Jackson said that the relationship between videogame playing and actual (rather than perceived) behavior of parents may also be at play in some situations. Perceptions don’t always mirror reality, she said, and this may be the case in the child-parent relationship. The research is a small part of a larger project researchers are exploring about the effects of technology use on children’s "academic performance, social life, psychological well-being and moral reasoning."


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Re: Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

It also doesn't really help if you just walk in and yank out the cords

Re: Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

Why do I get the impression that the people performing the research have a prejudice that gaming is a bad thing?

Re: Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

That, and it can drive kids to run away, climb a tree, fall out of it and die, and then having the parents blaming the games in the meantime, just like Brandon Crisp.

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Re: Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

Oh no! This is awful! Parents! Don't nag your kids! Don't get on their case about their homework or mowing the lawn. Too much nagging leads to more video games which makes them more violent which could lead to a school shooting! Seriously, give me a break...

Re: Research: Nagging Parents May Drive Kids to Play More Games

There could be something to this parental negativity and child gaming habits. I, for example, had a very negative parental environment (including verbal/physical abuse) and I played videogames religiously because it made me feel better. To this day I use videogames as an escape from negative situations and life issues. Like a traumatized child sucks his or her thumb for comfort well past the appropriate age, I use videogames for comfort because I have severe difficulty dealing with normal life. Thanks Mom and Dad!

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