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Probing the Complex Influence of Video Games on Young Minds

My son’s social isolation prompted me to reconsider video games, and some dated research about their influence.

By Caren CheslerAug 5, 2022 10:50 AM
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My husband and I were eating out with our son, Eddie, who was then 2, when a couple came in with a young boy wearing headphones and staring at an iPad as he walked. For the entire meal, the boy was glued to his screen while his parents chatted amicably as if he wasn’t there.

“What’s the point of having a kid if you’re not going to talk to him?” I said to my husband.

We vowed not to buy our son an electronic device until he’s 30. And video games, one of the main reasons children want these devices, would be verboten.

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