Gaming good, Facebook bad for grades: Study
PLAYING online games may boost teenagers' school results while spending time on social networks such as Facebook could do the opposite, according to an Australian study.
The research, based on the performance of 15-year-old Australians in the globally recognised Programme for International Student Assessment
(Pisa) tests, looked at the relationship between Internet usage and educational outcomes.
"Children who regularly use online social networks, such as Facebook, tend to obtain lower scores in maths, reading and science than students who never or hardly ever use these sites," it said.
"Conversely, the analysis shows that those students who play online video games obtain higher scores on Pisa tests, all other things being equal," the study published in the International Journal of Communication found out.
The study noted that while both gaming and socialising used time that teenagers could otherwise spend on studying, video games "potentially allow students to apply and sharpen skills learnt in school".
"Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science," study author Alberto Posso said.
"When you play online games, you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science."
Students who used online social networks daily scored 20 points lower in maths than a student who never used this type of social media, noted the study which used the Pisa ranking for 12,000 pupils from 2012.