Do Video Games Make You Smarter?

We’ve all been told that playing video games can distract you from school but is this true? Do video games affect academic performance?

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Internet Usage And Educational Outcomes Among 15-Year-Old Australian Students
http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5586/1742
“Children in rich countries are using the internet for social networking and gaming at very high rates, particularly in Australia. This study addresses whether these activities affect educational achievement in mathematics, reading, and science using the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Program for International Student Assessment data set. The results suggest that using online social networks reduces academic achievement. Conversely, playing online games increases scores.”

Young Children Who Play Video Games May Experience Improved Social Skills, Intelligence, And School Performance
http://www.medicaldaily.com/young-children-video-games-social-skills-school-performance-377142
“The benefits of playing video games have become clearer than ever in recent years, allowing them to shed their negative reputation for stoking violence and antisocial behavior. Studies have pointed to their ability to improve cognitive function in multiple sclerosis patients as well as how we navigate the world. And now, new research shows that spending lots of time playing Super Mario at an early age benefits kids’ mental health by making them more social, better in school, and overall more intelligent.”

Video Games And Aggressive Thoughts, Feelings, And Behavior In The Laboratory And In Life
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10794380
“Two studies examined violent video game effects on aggression-related variables. Study 1 found that real-life violent video game play was positively related to aggressive behavior and delinquency. The relation was stronger for individuals who are characteristically aggressive and for men. Academic achievement was negatively related to overall amount of time spent playing video games. In Study 2, laboratory exposure to a graphically violent video game increased aggressive thoughts and behavior. In both studies, men had a more hostile view of the world than did women.”

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