Video games can boost maths, reading and science scores, study finds

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On the other hand, children who regularly log into social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter scored lower than their video gaming peers.

Parents and video games have had a long history of contention.

On the one hand, children love playing these games. On the other, parents believe that they rot the brain and encourage violent behaviour.

A new study may finally able to settle the score.

According to an Australian study, video games have the ability to boost children’s test scores in certain fields such as math, reading, and science.

The key is incorporating them in lectures.

“A study was conducted on 12,000 15-year-old students across the country and discovered gaming allowed the teens to perform 20 points about the average in maths, reading and science,” said a Mail Online report.

The researchers then compared these to those who logged into social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, and received a much different result: these kids scored 20 points lower.

‘The hypothesis is video games can lead to players developing skills in problem solving,” said Associate Professor in Economics Alberto Posso.

Working at Melbourne’s RMIT University, professor Alberto asked children how often they played based on categories such as “once a month,” “every day,” “never,” etc.

He found that children who played video games even once a month performed slightly better than those who never played video games.

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