Tabloid says video games make kids dumb

Kids and video gamesThere’s something inherently ironic about a tabloid reporting on mediums that make people dumber, but for the sake of this post I’ll continue.

Basically, U.K. tabloid The Sun is blaming videogames for England’s drop in literacy rates. The article cites a study that claimed 37% of English ten-year-olds play videogames for more than three hours a day, for more than other European children. Side note: That’s nothing; my old roommate played World of Warcraft for 16 hours straight once. The Sun also reported in the past that videogames hurt British football, so I think we know where their loyalties lie on this issue,no?

If kids game too much, they don’t read, the study says. Apparently, the researchers didn’t get a crack at Super Paper Mario.