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Twisted Truth: Are Your Son’s Social Needs Fulfilled in the Gaming World? with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#175)

December 13, 2023 Melanie Hempe / Dr. Adriana Stacey
ScreenStrong Families
Twisted Truth: Are Your Son’s Social Needs Fulfilled in the Gaming World? with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#175)
Show Notes

Is your son really being social on his game? Yes, according to most people. Kids believe they are getting their social needs met through their video games, and parents believe that social benefits are the best reason to go against their gut and allow gaming.   

But what does science say about online interactions meeting the social needs of pre-teens and teens? Today, Melanie and Dr. Stacey will unpack the common myth that our boys are meeting their social needs on their game.   

Building strong friendships and robust social skills requires a broader range of experiences, including face-to-face interactions, empathy, emotional intelligence, and a diverse network of connections beyond the gaming screen. But your child - who is not an adult yet - will not be able to recognize the limitations of virtual interactions.

See research here on studies that suggest that excessive gaming can have a negative impact on the development of social skills for teens. 

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Production Team:

  • Host: Melanie Hempe
  • Producer & Audio Editor: Olivia Kernekin