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Gamers read less, do less homework 電玩迷較少閱讀.做功課

STAFF WRITER WITH AFP

Competitors at the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit in New Jersey, USA, June 8, 2007. ?????????豤?????????禜??禜??

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Adolescents who play video games spend less time reading and doing homework than their counterparts who do not play video games, according to a study released earlier this month.

Youths who play video games spent 30 percent less time reading and 34 percent less time doing homework, said the study by researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Texas published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The study was based on a sample of 1,491 young people aged 10 to 19. Among them, 36 percent regularly played video games. The data was collected from time logs the youths kept of how they spent their time.

Eighty percent of those who played video games were males, and they spent more time playing the games than females in the study who also played video games.

Boys spent an average of 58 minutes per day during the week and one hour and 37 minutes on the weekends playing video games, compared with girls who played for 44 minutes per day during the week and one hour and one minute on the weekends.

The boys tended to spend less time reading and the girls tended to spend less time doing homework, the study said. Despite the fact that parents often worry that excessive time spent playing video games will turn their children into lone wolves, game playing did not appear to have a significant effect on the time youths spent interacting with parents and friends.

本月初發表的一份研究指出,打電玩的青少年花在閱讀與做功課的時間,要比不打電玩的青少年少。

密西根大學與德州大學的研究員在《小兒科和青春期醫學文獻》聯合發表的研究報告指出,電玩青少年的閱讀時間較不打電玩者少了30%,做功課的時間也少了34%。

這項研究以一千四百九十一名十至十九歲的青少年為抽樣對象,其中有36%的人經常打電玩。這項數據是依青少年紀錄自己分配的時間來統計。

其中打電玩的青少年有80%為男生,這份研究顯示,他們花在電玩上的時間要比打電玩的女生多。

男生平均每天打五十八分鐘的電玩,週末則花一小時又三十七分鐘打電玩。相較之下,女生平均每天打四十四分鐘的電玩,週末則打一小時又一分鐘。

OUT LOUD ????

Colin: Why isn't Marvin in class today?

Butch: He's still sleeping. He stayed up the last three nights in a row to play World of Warcraft.

Colin: That's far and away the dumbest thing he's ever done.

Butch: Why's that? He likes video games.

Colin: He'll get sick if he plays them that much. Sleep is important, too.

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這份研究也提到,男生傾向於花較少時間閱讀,女生則花較少時間做功課。雖然父母往往擔心孩子打太多電玩會變得孤僻,但電玩似乎未顯著影響到年輕人與親友互動的時間。

(翻譯︰賴美君)

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