Three Misericordia University grads are embarking on a study of the gaming habits of 7-12 year olds as part of the research toward their Master's degrees in occupational therapy.
As reported by the Standard-Speaker, the survey, distributed to nearly 4,000 students in the Hazleton, Pennsylvania area, is titled Exploring Children's Video Game Use. It aims to examine gaming habits, the types and ratings of games preferred, and the accessibility of games amongst elementary students.
Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, interim dean for Health Sciences at the university, approved the project:
"With the rapid increases in video gaming, and the emergence of a computer culture, we are beginning to be concerned about how too much time spent in this type of activity might potentially influence other areas of their life."