“Put down that video game controller before your brain turns to mush!”
If you’ve ever heard a variation of this phrase tossed your way as a youth, you might have some new ammunition with which to fire back. According to a new study of a group of Australian students, those that played online games showed a stronger aptitude in school than those that didn’t.
The article was careful to note that the findings showed correlation, not causation: “The study found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above average in maths and reading tests and 17 points above average in science. However, the study’s methodology cannot prove that playing video games were the cause of the improvement.”
The study’s publisher noted that online gamers tended to use puzzle solving, match, science, and reading in their hobby.