I knew it.
I knew it. Thank you science for confirming what we already knew. Video games are great and they make you super smart. S.M.A.R.T.
A study conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology tested over 12,000 Australian 15-year-olds in maths, reading and science and attempted to correlate the results with internet usage and time spent playing video games.
Interesting results: excessive internet usage was linked to poorer academic results. The main culprits being social media sites like Facebook. Students who hardly used these sites tended to score higher.
Even more interesting results: students who played online video games tended to score higher. "Gameplay appears to equip students to apply and sharpen knowledge learned in school by requiring them to solve a series of puzzles before moving to the next game level," wrote Alberto Posso, the man behind the study.
Well there you go.
Should we be telling our kids to can their Facebook account and play Overwatch non-stop? Not exactly. The study cited earlier research that showed excessive game play — particularly with violent video games — tended to negatively affect academic performance. The study did state, however, that, "on the margin, playing video games and limiting online social network activities should have some positive effect on performance, at least on generalized tests".
The study also suggested that schools should continue using video games for educational purposes.
(I'm pretty sure they were probably talking about Minecraft. Everyone approves of Minecraft, right! It's like LEGO. LEGO is great.)
God bless you science.
You can read the whole study here.