- Experts say that while playing video games alone can increase loneliness in children, interactive video gaming with online friends can help ease loneliness.
- They say this finding is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when children are confined to home for longer periods of time.
- Experts advise parents to talk to children about what games they are playing.
- They also advise parents to discuss with children how to interact online with people they don’t know.
The “lonely gamer” stereotype is being challenged by a new study that has concluded that children who play video games interactively with friends are actually combating loneliness.
The research comes from Geert Verheijen, MSc, a behavioral…