It’s a good thing I brought my daughter to Digital Ops…

Check this out: “girls ages 11 to 16 years old who played videogames with a parent behaved better, felt more connected to their families and had better mental health than girls who played with friends or on their own.” Read all about it in the Wall Street Journal, who is citing a a study by researchers at BYU that just appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Now I’ve got that smug “good parent” feeling. The family that kills zombies together…

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bob
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 15:11:21

    just digital ops? or will any lan center do :p

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  2. Alex Rich
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 21:11:52

    I agree with this article. I have always been a fan of videogames but was always wary of the potentially negative anti-social affects they have on gamers. I remember earlier in the year there was a post on this blog about a mother who played World of Warcraft with her son as a means to help him get over her recent divorce. I believe that in a somewhat social setting videogames can promote positive social behavior and are healthy to some extent. However, if played in isolation, I believe that videogames due in fact promote some of the negative asocial behavior parents fret about. In my opinion, Digital Opps is somewhat of grey area. Although individuals are surrounded by other gamers at Digital Opps, in most situations, gamers are in their own worlds and are most likely oblivious to their surroundings. Sitting in that computer chair for hours on end without speaking to anyone cannot be healthy, however, if you find a way to work some social aspects into the experience I believe it could be somewhat productive. There are many ways in which we can make Digital Opps a social experience. Gamers have the option of going with a group, like we did with our teams, or gamers can join games other people are playing at the location. Either way, as long as there is some human interaction involved I would not worry about bringing your daughter to a place like Digital Opps. In fact, I encourage it!

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  3. caramol
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 22:19:00

    I think it’s cool hearing you talk about playing videogames with your daughter, and how “studies show that playing games with your kids is good.” Cool because that shows the progress of society in a nutshell. A decade or two ago, it was “studies show that throwing a baseball with your kids is good” (although I don’t think they did a study on it) 🙂 I can guarantee you that you can take out “videogames” or “ball” in that sentence, and fill it with whatever is “cool” for kids in 100 years and the statement will hold. So many people rag on videogames and how it’s destroying the youth of America and what not. But I think the problem isn’t videogames, but the huge gap that has been created between parents and their children in this generation. They just can’t relate because parents see “ball” as the way to go and kids see it as “videogames.” This wasn’t a problem for your parents when they were kids because your grandparents would play “ball” with them and they liked playing “ball”. I think come next generation, we will be more in tune with our kids and their generation because we will be able to keep up with the technological acceleration better than our parents could. Of course this could be wishful thinking…. that I’m gunna be cool forever even as a parent. Maybe Will Smith put it best… parent’s just don’t understand.

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