Teenagers who play online games every day are more likely to have better grades in school, according to a new Australian study.
Albert Posso of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology looked at the results of 12,000 students who had been tested by the Program for International Student Assessment.
The program involves testing 15-year-olds on their abilities in math, science and reading.
The aim of Posso’s study – published in the International Journal of Communication – was to investigate the effect of internet use on adolescents and whether there was a correlation with their education.
“While there may be an opportunity cost of gambling in terms of academic achievement, it is possible that a number of skills associated with online gambling are positively correlated with tests of generalized math knowledge and skills. , reading and science,” the study found.
The reasoning is that online games typically require players to solve puzzles, which requires math, reading, and science skills.
“When you play online games, you’re solving puzzles to get to the next level and that involves using some of the general math, reading and science knowledge and skills you learned during the day,” said Posso in a press release. .
Students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above average in math and reading and 17 points above average in science, according to the study.
But there’s bad news for teens who like to spend their days on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media feeds.
Students who used social media daily were found to have significantly lower academic performance in math, reading, and science.
In the math section alone, teens who used social media scored 20 points lower than those who had never used social media.
According to Posso, the study results should encourage teachers to use both social media and online gaming in the classroom.
Online games – which are not violent – could be used to reinforce lessons.
Although social media has been shown to hurt students’ grades, Posso noted that increased use of social media could indicate that students are struggling with their math, science, and reading abilities and are going further. online to socialize in order to avoid the problem.
Teachers, he said, could harness this desire to socialize and use Facebook to encourage students who are struggling academically to engage in class and see their grades improve.