Are Video Games Interfering With Homework?

Are Video Games Interfering With  Homework?

 When many students get home they tend to get on their phones or computers and stay on for a few hours, instead of doing their homework right when they get home. This can cause staying up to at least 10:00, just doing their homework. This can prove that video games are interfering with homework.

During the year of 2002-2003, nearly 1,500 U.S. kids and teens aged 10-19, wrote in their diaries about how they spent their time. More than a third of the group-36 percent- reported playing video games, and 80 percent of the group were boys. Hope Cummings, a graduate student in the U-M Department of Communication Studies, conducted the study along with a faculty member of the University of Texas at Austin. “Compared with nongamers, adolescent gamers spent 30 percent less time reading and 34 percent less time doing homework,” write researchers Hope Cummings, MA, and Elizabeth Vandewater, PhD. Studies also showed that 56% of teens ages 13-17 play video games for an average amount of 2.5 hours each day, and an average of 15 hours per week.

Researchers have discovered what has long been known to parents — activities that compete with homework can affect a child’s grades. So finds new research that studied the impact of introducing a video game system into a household that previously did not have one. The study was designed to study the short-term effects of video-game ownership on the academic development of boys. The researchers found that after the introduction of video games into a family, the boys’ reading and writing scores suffered The researchers recruited families who did not currently own a video game system but were considering buying one. Participants in the study — boys ages 6 to 9 — completed intelligence tests as well as reading and writing assessments. In addition, the boys’ parents and teachers filled out questionnaires relating to their behavior at home and at school.


Parents are also concerned about exposure to inappropriate content or nefarious people. 

The study found that 62 percent of kids play games where they directly interact with other players, drastically increasing their risk of being targeted with inappropriate content or sharing sensitive information. This is a huge danger especially for the kids who play shooting games, and violent games.    

Many parents are agreeing that their kids are spending way too much time on their devices. According to Common Sense Media, 59 percent say their kids are “addicted” to their screens, while 66 percent say their kids spend too much time on screens. Even at a very young age, the amount of screen time children have is rapidly accelerating. Mobile media time for zero-to-eight year-olds has tripled between 2013 and 2017, from an average of 15 minutes per day to 48 minutes per day. Teens especially are attached to their devices and are easily distracted by them too. Being distracted by your device can really affect your grades in school, and especially your homework.