Wry & Dry

Computer gamers do well, Facebookers don't. Apparently.

W&D can well think that readers are bored with the Olympics, Donald Trump, all politicians and the fuss about the census.  So, in the interests of diversity, W&D brings readers some interesting social research.

But do not show this to your children.

Apparently... research shows that children who play online games are better at maths, science and reading comprehension than their social networking peers.

A study published in the International Journal of Communication* shows a significant correlation between online gaming by teenagers and above-average scores at school.

Teenagers who preferred social networking sites did significantly worse than their classmates, with below average test scores in reading, maths and science.

Readers, of course, will know that there are problems with this sort of research.

Computer games

Firstly, as the above illustration shows**, how does one explain the difference between boys and girls.  For example, 54% of teenage boys play computer games every day, whereas only 20% of girls do. 

Secondly, no-one can explain which way around the causation is.  Is it that on-line gaming leads to higher academic achievement?  Or is it that children who are academically better are more attracted to on-line games where they can put their skills to work.

W&D is waiting on research about people who neither play computer games or use social media.  Are we more or less intelligent than... oh never mind.

*The research studied 21,000 Australian 15-year-olds.

** A separate study by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.