Owen Good at Kotaku (a very popular videogame blog) comments on a new study that came out of Europe that shows that 75% of kids that play videogames also play a sport. Not exactly the stereotype of the anti-social,couch-dwelling teen so many parents fear. My son loves FIFA Soccer on the Xbox, but spends a lot more time playing soccer as a goalie for his select team.
"The UK industry group TIGA touted the research, done a by a French business school’s sports marketing department. The study found 38 per cent of boys (well, males under 21) who played sports games practised their favourite video game sport in real life. Additionally, the study said 75 per cent of all gamers also took part in some kind of real sport. […]
“Video games are frequently demonised,” said a representative of the French business school. “We now know that these fears are unfounded.There is a strong correlation between playing video games and participating in real sports. Watching television is a threat to physical activity. Video games are not, however.”
Videogames are like any kind of passive activity—there’s a time and a place for it. For kids, make sure they’re getting lots of variety, and don’t worry if they’re into a game for a while. Just know what they’re playing, who they’re playing with, and set responsible limits.