ISU study finds TV viewing, video game play contribute to kids attention problems - Iowa State University Parents looking to get their kid's attention - or keeping them focused at home and in the classroom - should try to limit their television viewing and video game play. That's because a new study led by three Iowa State University psychologists has found that both viewing television and playing video games are associated with increased attention problems in youths. The research, which included both elementary school-age and college-age participants, found that children who exceeded the two hours per day of screen time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to be above average in attention problems. Swing points out that the associations between attention problems and TV and video game exposure are significant, but small. "It is important to note that television or video game time cannot solely explain the development of attention problems," he said. "Clearly other factors are involved."