Gamers Get Better Grades Than Others, Australian Research Suggests
Those who spend countless hours playing video games can now rejoice as a latest research suggests that those gamers, teenagers specifically, who regularly play video games have better academic performance compared to their non-gamer peers.
The research data was compiled from over 12,000 Australian high school students that took the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
The authority of this finding can’t even be challenged since PISA is an internationally recognized test used in over 70 countries that judges the academic competence of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science.
The compiled data was analyzed by Alberto Posso, an Associate Professor from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and according to him, it is actually Social Media that results in students performing bad in their exams and overall studies.
Regular visitors of social network platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram ended up with scoring on average, 20 points less in math, reading and science than those who didn’t frequent these social media platforms.
Posso wrote in the study:
“The analysis shows that those students who play online video games obtain higher scores on PISA tests, all other things being equal, 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.”
On average, gamers scored 17 points higher in math and reading and 15 points higher in science compared to the students who didn’t play games. Posso couldn’t however find a clear and concrete link between grades and gaming so it is possible that those students were better at studies from the start which ends up with them having more free time to play games.
Keeping that in mind, don’t take these findings as proof that gaming automatically leads to better grades. Besides the results being inconclusive, every student is different, and excessive gaming was shown to lead to slightly lower scores across the board.