To address the concern that playing video games impairs Social Development of children, a large Norwegian study has been undertaken with children between 6 and 12 years of age.
It turned out that playing video games is essentially without effect on social development of boys. However, girls who play video games at the age of ten show less social competence two years later than girls who did not play video games at the same age.
Researchers conclude that playing video games is in general not harmful for social development, but that for girls it is not clear whether social insecurity promotes playing, or that playing retards social development.
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Scientific publication: Child Development