How video games affect the brain
How video games affect the brain

Over 150 million people in the United States play video games regularly, or for at least 3 hours per week.

The average American gamer is a 35-year-old adult, with 72 percent of gamers aged 18 or older.

For video game use by children, most parents – 71 percent – indicate that video games have a positive influence on their child’s life.

Video game sales continue to increase year on year. In 2016, the video game industry sold more than 24.5 billion games – up from 23.2 billion in 2015, and 21.4 billion in 2014.

The top three best-selling video games of 2016 were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Grand Theft Auto V.

These games fall into the first-person shooter or action-adventure genres – the top two genres, accounting for 27.5 percent and 22.5 percent of sales, respectively.

First-person shooter and action genres often stand accused of stirring aggression and causing violence and addiction.

Scientists have recently collected and summarized results from 116 scientific studies to determine how video games can influence our brains and behaviors.

The findings of their review were published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

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