Video games can make kids smarter

Many video games require a lot of gamers’ brains. A study has now found that gaming consumption increases IQ.

Video game consumption can increase measurable intelligence in children. This was the conclusion reached in the United States Study conductedwhich analyzed the media consumption of 9,000 girls and boys.

At the age of nine or ten, the participating children underwent a series of psychological tests to measure their general cognitive abilities. The children and their parents were also asked about the amount of time the children spent on television, videos, video games and social media.

Two years later, 5,000 children underwent a follow-up examination, in which their intelligence was checked again. In this way, the researchers were able to find out what changes occurred in intelligence depending on media consumption.

Genetic differences that can affect intelligence have also been taken into account. The same applies to differences that may be related to the level of education and income of the parents.

An average of 2.5 IQ points

On average, participating children spend 2.5 hours per day in front of the TV, half an hour on social media, and an hour playing video games. During the assessment, differences in intelligence development were found depending on the weighting of activities.

Those who played more games than the average were able to increase their IQ by 2.5 IQ points more than the average. At the same time, no significant positive or negative effect was found in TV or social media consumption.

However, the results do not imply that video games or media consumption in general have a positive or non-negative effect on children’s development. The researchers acknowledge that the effects of screen behavior on physical activity, sleep, well-being, or academic performance have not been studied.

“However, our findings support the claim that time spent in front of children’s screens does not generally impair children’s cognitive abilities and that playing video games may enhance intelligence.” “This is consistent with many experimental studies on playing video games,” said Torkel Klingberg, professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

Study should be viewed with caution, especially in relation to scholastic performance, because intelligence has less of an impact on academic success (apart from learning disabilities). Instead, skills such as self-regulation and delayed gratification are required.

Also, no distinction has been made regarding the different video game genres. So a complex and complex project in “Minecraft” or a session in “The Witness” is likely to have a different effect on intelligence than the “Moorhuhn” tour.

Another limitation is that the study examined US children only and the result cannot be extrapolated to children in other countries as they may have different consumption and gaming habits. Also, there is a risk of error reporting since screen time and habits are evaluated by children and their parents.


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Ultimately, the researchers haven’t yet finished their investigations. The goal is to continue to discover environmental factors that have an impact on a person’s measurable intelligence. “We will now examine the effects of other environmental factors and study how cognitive influences relate to a child’s brain development,” says Torkel Klingberg.

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