Young boys who play video games regularly are less likely to suffer from depression later, a study has found.

Scientists used data on social media, video game and internet use from 11,341 children aged 11. Three years later they also answered questions about depressive symptoms such as low mood, loss of pleasure and poor concentration.

The results suggested that boys who played video games most days had 24 per cent fewer depressive symptoms at 14 than those who were gaming less than once a month.

However, researchers from University College London and institutes in Sweden and Australia noted that this effect was significant only among boys with low physical activity, and was not found among girls, which may indicate that less active boys could find



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