Positive link between video games and academic performance

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Plazma Inferno!, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    Children who play online video games tend to do better in academic science, maths and reading tests, according to an analysis of data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia.
    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.
    Reserachers analysed data from high school students across Australia taking the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) - internationally recognised tests that are administered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The study looked at the correlation between academic scores and the children’s personal interests and activities outside of school, including internet usage.
    The analysis shows that those students who play online video games obtain higher scores on Pisa tests, all other things being equal.
    However, the cause of the association between game playing and academic success is not clear from the research. It is possible that children who are gifted at maths, science and reading are more likely to play online games. Alternatively, it could be that more proficient students work more efficiently, and therefore have more free time, making online gaming a marker of possible academic ability rather than something that actively boosts performance.


    Paper: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5586/1742

Share This Page