A huge study of over 12,000 schoolchildren in Australia has linked video games with academic performance. It found that those who played online games every day scored 17 points above average in science, and 15 points in reading and maths.
Alberto Posso, from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, who published the research in the International Journal of Communication, said “The analysis shows that those students who play online video games obtain higher scores on Pisa tests, all other things being equal.”
“When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.”
Unfortunately the study could not find a direct link between games and being smart, simply that those who did play games scored higher. Parents might like to know that kids who spent a lot of time on social media sites scored on average 4% lower, and the more time they spent tweeting the lower their scores became.
“A number of researchers have been trying to highlight this issue for a while but we really need more detailed research and nuanced data to answer these sorts of questions more confidently,” adds Peter Etchells, senior lecturer in biological psychology at Bath Spa University.
Source: The Guardian