Children that play video games for less than an hour a day can become better adjusted, according to a new study.
The research, carried out by Oxford University, found that young people who played video games were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives.
This compared with those who had never played or who used video games for three hours or more.
Those who spent more than half their daily free time playing electronic games were not as well-adjusted.
But the findings showed that the influence of video games on youngsters - whether for good or bad - is very small when compared with more "enduring" factors, such as whether the child is from a functioning family and their school relationships.
The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, found that three in four British children and teenagers play video games on a daily basis.
The study's author, Dr Andrew Przybylski, of the Oxford Internet Institute, said: