It is useful for children to play video games

It is useful for children to play video games – they develop intelligence, Swedish scientists have found

One of the largest medical universities in Europe – the Swedish Karolinska Institute – did some thorough research. the impact of video games on children’s intellectual development. A two-year experiment showed that video games increase children’s IQs on average, and social media and television do not impair boys’ and girls’ cognitive abilities.

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The study was organized by specialists from the Karolinska Institute and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The results of the study will be published in the journal Nature. The publication is freely available at shortcut. The study was funded by the Swedish Research Council and the StratNeuro department of the Karolinska Institute.

More than 9,000 boys and girls across the United States took part in the study. At the age of nine or ten, children underwent a series of psychological tests to assess general cognitive abilities (intelligence). Scientists were also interested in information about how much time children spend watching TV and communicating in social networks. Two years later, the project participants (though not all, but just over 5,000 children) underwent a second cognitive ability test. Over time, it has been traced how certain preferences influenced the development of children’s intellect.

Note: Scientists took into account the children’s genetic differences, their level of education and their parents’ income. On average, children spent 2.5 hours a day watching TV, half an hour on social media and 1 hour playing video games. It was found that the longer duration of the games led to an IQ increase of the “players” by an average of 2.5 points. TV and social media had no significant impact on the children’s cognitive abilities.

“We didn’t examine the effects of ‘screen time’ on physical activity, sleep, well-being or academic performance, so we can’t comment on that. said Torkel Klingberg, a professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Neurology at the Karolinska Institute. “But our findings support the claim that screen time does not generally impair children’s cognitive performance and that video games can indeed increase intelligence.” This is consistent with the results of several experimental studies on video games.”

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