Video games can be a haven from the world, and it's easy to imagine that they would appeal to children who struggle with social interaction.
Boys with autism spectrum disorders or with ADHD are both prone to problematic use of video games, according to a study.
researchers asked the parents of boys ages 8 to 18 to report on their
child's video game use, including hours of use and the types of games
The boys with autism spectrum disorders spent twice
as much time playing video games as did the typical boys, two hours a
day compared to one. The boys with ADHD played 1.7 hours a day on
average. That means that the boys with autism or ADHD were reaching the
maximum two hours a day for screen time set by the American Academy of
Pediatrics, before adding in TV or other screen use.
studies of children with ADHD or autism also have found increased use of
video games, but this is the first study to compare the two with
typically developing children.
The boys with ADHD or autism
also scored higher on a test intended to measure dependence on video
games. The more inattentive symptoms they had, the more likely they were
to score higher for problematic video game use. The study authors
speculate that because children with autism often have restricted
interests and preoccupations, they may be more likely to become overly
dependent on video games.
And boys with ADHD or autism were far
more likely to have video game systems in their rooms. About 43 percent
of them had systems in their rooms, compared to 12 percent of typical
boys. (No word on how iPods and other mobile devices factor in.)
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