Gamers Exercise as Much as Other Teens

According to a new study, young people here who play computer games do not differ significantly from those who do not.

The report by the National Board for Youth Affairs indicates that computer game playing teens get as much exercise and take part in sports as much as other young people. One quarter of those surveyed said that they play computer games daily or almost every day. Seventy-seven percent of boys said they played at least once a week, compared to 24 percent of girls.

Besides getting as much exercise as non-players, those who play computer games here also drink less alcohol than those who only play a few times a year. One explanation for this is that computer games are often played at home.

The study also indicates that Sweden is unusual in that game-playing is highly organized, with tens of thousands of members in special clubs and organizations.

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