Effect of internet use and electronic game‑play on academic performance of Australian children

Islam, Md Irteja and Biswas, Raaj Kishor and Khanam, Rasheda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1130-2357 (2020) Effect of internet use and electronic game‑play on academic performance of Australian children. Scientific Reports, 10 (1):21727.

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Abstract

This study examined the association of internet use, and electronic game-play with academic performance respectively on weekdays and weekends in Australian children. It also assessed whether addiction tendency to internet and game-play is associated with academic performance. Overall,
1704 children of 11–17-year-olds from young minds matter (YMM), a cross-sectional nationwide survey, were analysed. The generalized linear regression models adjusted for survey weights were applied to investigate the association between internet use, and electronic-gaming with academic performance (measured by NAPLAN–National standard score). About 70% of the sample spent > 2 h/day using the internet and nearly 30% played electronic-games for > 2 h/day. Internet users during weekdays (> 4 h/day) were less likely to get higher scores in reading and numeracy, and internet use on weekends (> 2–4 h/day) was positively associated with academic performance. In contrast, 16% of electronic gamers were more likely to get better reading scores on weekdays compared to those who did not. Addiction tendency to internet and electronic-gaming is found to be adversely associated with academic achievement. Further, results indicated the need for parental monitoring and/or self-regulation to limit the timing and duration of internet use/electronic-gaming to overcome the detrimental effects of internet use and electronic game-play on academic achievement.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 05:14
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 05:03
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380104 Economics of education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-78916-9
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40456

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