Report: Gaming Is Really Good For the Kids

By Blake Ellison, Oct 16, 2008 2:03pm PDT It's a good day for surveys, as the latest one from Yahoo! women's site Shine and Sony came back with a bunch of numbers showing that gaming is overwhelmingly good for the kids.

According to a Sony press release, the survey found that parents that respondents are highly involved in their children's gaming habits. "87% of parents who participated in the survey are spending time playing video games with their children," reads the release.

80% of parents also said they purchase all games for their children. "The ultimate parental controls are parents themselves," said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment.

Survey respondents also credited games for their children's stat boosts improvements in motor skills and problem-solving skills. 75% of respondents specifically attributed "educational value and improved hand/eye coordination" to game playing, while 70% have seen their kids' problem solving skills improve "since they started playing games." Whether or not that improvement had to do with age is unknown. Unsurprisingly, 84% of respondents reported increases in their child's typing skills.

The full results can be found in the November issue of Family Circle magazine. For those in need of more good news, the non-profit Pew Research Center found last month that gaming is good for the kids.

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