May 20, 2024 - News

Chart du jour: Benefits of gaming

Split bar chart showing that 56% of U.S. teens who play video games say that playing video games has helped their problem-solving skills. 47% said it has helped their friendships and 41% said it has helped their ability to work with others. 17% said it has hurt their school performance and 41% said it has hurt the amount they sleep.
Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

Teenage gamers say video games help them build problem-solving skills, make friends and collaborate — but they also admit to problems like bad sleep habits and cyberbullying, a new Pew Research Center survey finds.

Why it matters: While moral panic over video games and violence are (mostly) behind us, it's still critical to understand how games are affecting young minds — both for good and for ill.

Read more: How video games are helping U.S. teens


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