According to a study, children who play online games are more likely to perform well in science, math, and reading tests.
Albert Posso, from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, gathered data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia taking the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment.
Relationship between Playing Online Games and Academic Performance
The study deduced that students who played online video games almost every day scored 15 more points than average in math and reading tests and 17 points above average in science tests.
Published in the International Journal of Communication; Posso concluded:
“The analysis shows that those students who play online video games obtain higher scores on Pisa tests, all other things being equal. When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in math, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.”
The research also goes out to see the relationship between social media usage and academic performance. According to Posso, students who are active users of social media websites i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are likely to score 4 points below average – the score continues to decline with increased social media usage.
Furthermore, according to the data gathered, 78 per cent of the students confirmed using the social media every single day.
The research methodology, however, does not explicitly create a relationship between playing online games and academic performance. It is highly possible that students who are gifted with math and science tend to play video games in their spare time. Or it is possible that students who work hard for their studies tend to complete their work in shorter duration of time and dedicate the remaining time to playing online games.