At first glance, playing video games may not seem like the best way to succeed in school. We can even say that spending too much time on a title can affect a student’s efficiency by, for example, breaking their sleep pattern.
However, a study by researchers from Serbia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia shows the opposite. Scientists focused on a Saudi university as part of their work. A comparison was then made between students who played regularly and those who did not.
Then a distinction was made within the group of players between those who played a lot and those who indulged moderately. Surprisingly, the gambling addict students are also the ones who have had the best academic results.
Scientists have therefore identified a behavior in the latter called “work hard, play hard”. You grant yourself a personal reward system: after a long review session, a long period of play.
Games for learning
However, we must be careful when observing these results, which have not yet been explored by other scientists. We can also note that this study only covered a limited number of students and that it would be interesting to expand it a little further.
As a reminder, the educational virtues of certain video games can no longer be demonstrated under any circumstances. To give just a few examples, we know in particular that certain free games from Prodigy Games can be invaluable in mathematics. Portal and Portal 2 would also have a connection to physics. The Assassin’s Creed franchise also lets you immerse yourself in historical settings and interact with the great characters who made history.
Finally, the National Literacy Trust, a UK organization dedicated to promoting literacy, recently showed that gamers tend to read and write more since they started playing.
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