Researchers at the University Of Tennessee At Knoxville have confirmed what my kids believe they already know – that some video gaming can be as physically intense for younger gamers as playing outside.
Before you let your toddlers have a four-hour Minecraft session, however, check out the methodology:
“The strengths of the UT study include the use of two measurement tools considered to be very accurate at measuring activity,” said Hollie Raynor, director of UT’s Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. “No one else has used measures with this degree of accuracy in comparing active video gaming with outdoor play in young children. We’re not saying video games should replace outdoor play, but there are better choices people can make when choosing the types of video games for their children.”
That’s right: a good, energetic Kinect session was as if not more exhausting for the tykes than playing outside. You’ll note, however, they said “active gaming” as opposed to passively flipping birds at pigs on your iPad while the sun is shining. That burns nothing and, in fact, it could prove detrimental to the health of your wee ones. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go browse Facebook for the thirtieth time today.