From now on, if someone tells you that playing video games kills your brain cells, then show them this article.
According to a report published by the International Journal of Communication, students who gamed performed better in maths and science than non-gamer students.
A professor from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Alberto Posso said:
“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,”
Alberto Posso analysed test scores of 12,000 Australian 15-year-olds, The report shows teen gamers scored 17 points more in science than average students and scored 15 points more in maths and reading.
The report also revealed teens who are active on social media scored 4 percent below average.
A professor and associate director at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Games and Media, Jessica Bayliss said:
“There are a lot of strategic and tactical parts of them, even board games,” she said. “There is a lot of thought that goes into things like that so it certainly carries over. Games aren’t just fun, people think about them.”
This report should (might?) cause parents to stop blaming video games for academic performances. While there may be no direct correlation between gaming and improvement in academics, there is no reason to believe games are doing us any bad in the area.