A new study says boys who fall along the autism spectrum or who have ADHD may be more easily addicted to video games. But the study seems sensationalist to this blogger, whose son has Asperger's syndrome and a creative side inspired by video games.
I would be worried about the study from the journal Pediatrics, which states that boys with autism or ADHD have a higher risk of developing an addiction to video games, if I hadn’t witnessed a very positive side-effect of gaming in my own Asperger’s child – he taps his creative side to make arts and crafts inspired by the video games he plays.
The study posed questions to 141 parents of boys about the child's video game usage. The children included 56 boys with autism, 44 with ADHD, and 41 with no such conditions. The study found:
So that's "addiction?"
This isn’t 'Breaking Bad' – it’s a chubby little Italian plumber riding a little dragon, or an ongoing series of building block problems that force your child to think, often at speed, through numerous situations.