- Research shows that gamers have more fun learning and creating
- Research shows that gamers do better in school
- A final one tends to demonstrate increased cognitive abilities in children who play video games
In the 80s, the first press reports about video games were thrilling. It depicted stunned teenagers, completely bewildered, focused on their training.
Fortunately, the social perception of gaming has changed a lot. At the same time, science was interested in this pastime. If addiction is a real danger, today we have chosen to come back to 3 good news regarding the training of video games.
A thirst to learn and create
In 2020, the National Literacy Foundation, a British organization that aims to improve literacy, surveyed 4,626 children’s use of video games. They found that 80% of young people who took up this hobby had read something related to it, especially articles or books.
It’s enough to improve their writing skills and encourage them to create their own content. Also, 62% of teens examine specific writing about their favorite games once a month: be it through social networks, blogs, or fanfiction.
Excellent school results
In research conducted in 2021, scientists from Serbia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia surveyed students at a Saudi university. They compared those who gambled regularly and those who did not.
Another distinction was then made between heavy gamblers and moderate gamblers. Against all expectations, it appeared that students who were addicted to games also had better academic results.
To explain this, researchers have proposed the concept of “work hard, play hard”. After a long study session, a long gaming phase.
Better cognitive skills?
Recently, US researchers conducted a study with 2,000 children aged 9 and 10 to 19 years. As Professor David Spiegel explained to our colleagues, this is one of the most ambitious research projects ever undertaken. 13 messages now.
The idea was to find out what role the practice of gaming plays in their cognitive development. If we cannot answer definitively in this matter, the scientists have mentioned “Strengthening Brain Regions from a Biological Perspective”. This includes one dedicated to working memory.