JVTech News Science just discovered that video games make you smarter
This is the eternal debate that has been raging since the 1980s: Do video games make our kids smarter or dumber than they already are? The medium is increasingly seeking its legitimacy, and this is even more true when we know that 38 million French people play video games (console, mobile). But then, what does science think?
The French and video games: a great love story
In France, 73% of the population is thought to play video games occasionally, or about 38 million people. Video games have become a mass entertainment medium and you only need to look at the incredible sales figures of successful games to realize this.
Approximately 47% are gamers, a figure that has been rising year on year, allowing it to highlight women in the industry, both in streaming and in game creation.
It was the professor of biology and bioinformatics Bader Charaani who conducted a study to determine the real impact of video games on our brain.
This study adds a stone to the building on understanding the links between video games and our brain development.
This sentence by Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, reminds us that obviously we must not take these studies literally and that the consensus is still far from being established. If a person at the National Institute of Drugs brings up the topic of video games, it’s because our preferred medium is the subject of much debate, both scientific and political.
The justification of the videogame in our cultural panorama still depends a lot on its comparison, sometimes awkward, with productions judged “artistic”. Everyone sees noon on their door, and SELL, the Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers, has it too released a paper earlier this year 2022 to compare video game and movie figuresbut above all he makes not necessarily flattering comparisons for the video game… In fact, many testimonials and reports in this article advance the video game as a medium that borrows artistic tools from other arts, but nothing on the artistic qualification of its own grammar of video games, as Game Design and everything that comes with it.
This legitimization could be wrong, which is why this study tries to dot the i, just to know the real effects of video games on our brain, without trying to sell the medium.
Video games could be good for our brain
The research team of University of California and Vermont it was based on the previous American study Cognitive development of the adolescent brain, which has the great advantage of having surveyed a sample of 2,217 young people aged 9 and 10. All of these children underwent numerous assessments, testing their responsiveness, certain cognitive tasks, and various mental tests.
The children then revealed their average playtime per week, so the researchers were able to separate them into two distinct groups. Those who play more than 21 hours a week and those who don’t play video games at all. Those who play fewer than 21 hours a week were not included in the study.
It was by comparing the qualities of the two groups that the researchers realized that some exercises were performed much better by the group of children who played more. Also, nothing has been proven about intellectual disability between the two groups, which should remove those clichés that video games make you dumber.
Today, many searches are still ongoing. For once, researchers are increasingly looking at drugs through video games, precisely to be able to use them on people who suffer from certain specific ailments. The video game is becoming more and more understandable and this could allow psychics to get rid of some embarrassing clichés.