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Daddy-Daughter gaming a win for self-esteem

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If you’re looking for a way to connect with your daughter, try picking up your controller. Researchers from Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life found that girls who share screen time with their fathers have higher self-esteem as well as lower levels of depression, anxiety, and aggressive behavior. The study evaluated 287 parents and their 11- to 16-year-old boys and girls. Lead author of the study, Sarah Coyne, told The Wall Street Journal:

“It’s the face-to-face time, the interaction, that matters,” she said. “Videogames are kind of an adolescent thing. When a parent says I’m going to sit down and do what you’re going to do, that sends a different message entirely.”

Playtime didn’t seem to matter much with sons because they’re fine gaming whether it’s alone or with another player. Daughters seem to appreciate the invitation and chance for conversation, often choosing games with co-play features and battle modes.

A play date is a perfect excuse to add a new console to your collection, so in the end, everyone wins. Well, unless her Princess Peach is constantly launching your Bowser off the Lylat Cruise.

This study was published in Journal of Adolescent Health.

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