Video games provide a diverse set of experiences and related activities and are part of the lives of almost all teens in America. To date, most video game research has focused on how games impact academic and social outcomes particularly aggression. There has also been some exploration of the relationship between games and civic outcomes, but as of yet there has been no large-scale quantitative research. This survey provides the first nationally representative study of teen video game play and of teen video gaming and civic engagement. The survey looks at which teens are playing games, the games and equipment they are using, the social context of their play, and the role of parents and parental monitoring. Video gaming is pervasive in the lives of American teens—young teens and older teens, girls and boys, and teens from across the socioeconomic spectrum. Opportunities for gaming are everywhere, and teens are playing video games frequently. Younger teen boys are the most likely to play games, followed by younger girls and older boys. Most teens do not limit themselves to just a few game genres, instead choosing to play many different types of games. Daily gamers are more likely to play a wider range of game genres than non-daily gamers.
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On April 26, , a year-old named Antonio Garza sat in front of her mirror in her bedroom in Austin, Tex. Throughout, she flicked across her face dozens of makeup brushes and powders, creating cut-creases on her eyelids and contours on her cheekbones and nose, then applying fake eyelashes fluffy as kittens. Forty-five minutes later, tender, glittering and shellacked in cosmetics, she was ready for school. This article is part of a special issue of The New York Times Magazine about the future of the internet. A year earlier, in eighth grade, Antonio spent most of her time playing oboe and Fortnite, hanging out alone in her room and making mistakes with her eyebrows. This sounds as if it would be lame, and it was, in fact, lame.
Technology can be a wonderful tool for teenagers. But, without appropriate guidance, electronics can also be dangerous. From online predators to internet addiction, teen's face real hazards in the online world. It's important to establish guidelines that will help your teen make healthy decisions with their smartphones, laptops, and video games. Create a list of written rules that clearly outline your expectations. Here is a sample list of electronics rules for teens that you may want to consider adopting in your home:. Instead, make family meals about conversing with one another.
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