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75% of Qatar children spend three hours a day on electronic games

Study finds that 44 percent of parents play electronic games with their children

75% of Qatar children spend three hours a day on electronic games

About 75 percent of children in Qatar spend an average of three hours on electronic games, revealed a study that surveyed 500 children and parents in the country in July and August this year.

Of the children surveyed, 85 percent play electronic games regularly, while 96 percent of them own devices that allow them access to such games, according to the study conducted by the Childhood Cultural Center (CCC), a member of the Qatar Foundation, reported The Peninsula Qatar.

The study revealed that negative impacts of the games including anger and violence were found among 33 percent of the children, while effects such as obesity, muscle weakness and fragile vision were found in 28 percent.

However, the study also found that the games resulted in positive effects such as growth of knowledge, language, communication skills and social interaction in the children.

As for the parents, 44 percent of the surveyed said they engage in electronic games with their children, while 56 percent of them said they hardly do.

The survey found that around 15 percent of the children buy electronic games without parental supervision and around just 69 percent of them engage in sports and physical activities.

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