Online Gaming Can Be Linked To Higher Grades
Gareth Andrews / 4 years ago
What we do every day defines a little part of us. From taking five minutes before work to go catch up with the family to avoiding the bus and walking for those ten minutes instead. Many people argue that people’s activity online determines as much about them as their actions in the real world. A new study may have just proven that on a whole new level, with higher grades being linked to people who are regularly taking part on online gaming.
The new study took the results of 12,000 Australian students all aged 15. The students took part in a questionnaire, asking about their life styles and behaviour, building up profiles following every single student’s personal preferences. The students were then asked to take part in the program for international student assessment (PISA) where they answered questions about everything from literacy and maths to science. Then comes the results
The first results showed that anyone who played online games every day scored on average 15 points higher in maths and reading, with a 17 point increase for their science results. Other types of online activity didn’t come out so well, with Twitter and Facebook showing a marked loss with people on average scoring 4 points below average in all of the series.
With no idea if the games naturally attract higher scoring students or if they themselves contributed to the scores, it’s nice to see that something we spend hours on may actually be helpful, and not just blamed for something negative for a change.