The answer may be surprising, but the answer may also be a bit misleading.
In a recent study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), children’s attention was rated by the researchers as the most important element of games.
This is despite a lack of evidence of games being particularly addictive, according to the researchers.
“Children have a very limited amount of time, and that time can be spent on a lot of things.
That is where they spend a lot time.
But the amount of attention they are given can be limited,” said Dr Jodie Aitken, a psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Manchester, who led the research.
The researchers found that children’s interest in video games was strongest in those games that involved people or characters, such as Pokemon and Minecraft.
However, children’s attentiveness also increased with age, particularly with the onset of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a disorder that can cause hyperactivity, distractibility and difficulty in concentrating.
“There is also evidence that older children are more susceptible to developing ADHD, which has been linked to poor social interaction, and therefore attention-deficit disorders,” Dr Aitkenn said.
“When it comes to attention, we can look at what children are doing in terms of interacting with other people, what their own emotions are, and their cognitive and attention abilities.
We can also look at the amount and timing of play.
We also have to look at how well children are able to control their emotions, their attention and their reaction time.
If they are distracted, they will have difficulties,” Dr Anken said.
The findings are based on a survey of 1,500 children aged between two and 12.
Children were asked questions such as whether they had played a game of Mario or Tetris, which had an interactive element.
Then, they were asked to describe the feelings they were feeling in relation to the game, and how they felt about the game.
The responses were recorded and analysed using a computer programme.
“The answers were then combined with a questionnaire designed to measure the number of items children were able to complete in a given period of time,” Dr Sainath said.
Children with ADHD have a more complex relationship with their environment.
“It is the amount they are able for them to do in the real world that is important.
We are not talking about them being able to play a game in the living room,” she said.
In a previous study, Dr Ankerken found that older age predicted children’s more attention-demanding behaviour.
In the new study, the study found that the children who were the oldest were more likely to be more interested in games that required a lot more attention than children with ADHD, and were also more likely than younger children to have trouble controlling their emotions.
“We were really surprised to find that it was the amount kids played that was important.
And we were also surprised to see that children with anorexia nervosa were less able to manage their emotions,” Dr Askinen said.
Dr Aitkinen and Dr Anking said they hoped the study would help to inform how we view games, which may be key to developing treatments for ADHD and other disorders.
“It’s not just about the games.
We want to understand why children are engaging in games in the first place, and what those activities might be.
It’s about understanding why they do it and what the cognitive and behavioural consequences are,” Dr Aron said.