Considering the recently aroused “mummy gamers”, the Goldsmiths university research revealed that playing video games and using smartphones are helping parents and children to bond.

The survey engaged more than 3,000 parents and grandparents, 22% of which dads said that playing smartphone games has helped their children develop a better understanding of technology. Four in five parents described playing video games with their children as “quality time”, while 32 per cent of parents play video games with their kids every day.

Moreover, the research results show that the growth casual games has meant that children as young as two are becoming proficient in the use of smartphones and other tablet devices – 27% of parents said that their children borrowed their smartphone or tablet device every day to play casual games. However, many grandparents revealed that they play video games with their tech-savvy grandchildren, in a bid to get closer to them.

These findings actually highlight the social benefits of playing video games, especially in the era of social networking, where games appear to play a vital role in enhancing social relationships. Considering the fact that both parents and grandparents are using games to connect with their children and grandchildren, mobile games can improve social skills and make a key contribution to both effective parenting and child development, and be quite a lucrative business perspective as well!