Video games now seen as ruining English children's literacy rates


More doom and gloom news as it relates to video games. People are freaking out in England because their position in the World Reading League Table dropped several places, which means English kids can’t read for beans. And yes, video games are to blame. Supposedly. It seems at least one-third of 10-year-olds play video games for at least three hours per day, which is insane any way you look at it. That’s three hours, so the argument goes, that would be better spent reading and writing.

For the record, throwing money at the problem didn’t help much, with Cambridge University saying that the extra money pumped into the education system only made a “small impact.”

Maybe kids just don’t like to read anymore? Why read when you can futz around with a cellphone or play one more level?

Video games ruining reading [The Sun via Next Gen]