Study: Video games beat Facebook at improving test scores

Australian fifteen-year-olds who play video games are often able to improve their test scores, but their peers who use social media daily are less likely to see gains, according to a new educational study.

Like many studies concerning video games’ effect on behavior, the research by Alberto Posso, an economics, finance, and marketing professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, suggests a correlation, not causation. Playing video games does not directly lead to increased test scores, but the study indicates a connection between video game play and the ability to improve test scores. 

This new research enters the conversation at a time when people are questioning commonly held beliefs about video games and those who play them, particularly the assumption that they encourage antisocial behavior and violence. This study doesn’t directly challenge that view, but indicates there could be academic benefits to gaming, too. READ MORE.