Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Positive Impacts of Playing Video Games

 Oftentimes, people hear things about how video games make people more

violent, or are a detriment to brain development. But a research study
conducted in Taiwan provides evidence proves otherwise. There may be more
positive benefits than than most parents assume.

108 students from a Taiwanese high school and middle school participated in
a study recorded by Wei-Fan Chen and Tsung-Yen Chuang. The study was
initially to investigate whether or not computer games help facilitate
childrens’ cognitive learning achievements. They kept the ratio half and
half for each gender to keep things even. Their testing methods included
teaching a lesson standard teaching using computer assistance, and learning
by playing a video game. They then tested the students on knowledge of
specific facts (1) , ability to associate terms (2), and demonstration of
problem solving (3). They discovered that students had significantly higher
scores in categories 1 and 3. In short, those who learned using a video
game to teach them were able to learn  more efficiently while also
improving their problem solving skills and helping them recognize that
there’s more than one solution.

There is always a limit to which video games can help improve cognitive
abilities. Of course, playing an overwhelming amount won’t do anyone any
good. But a certain amount of video games may prove helpful in teaching
critical problem solving skills in children. Hopefully in the future, video
games can become something that is less frowned upon.


Charissa Yu (9)


  1. This is a really interesting topic. It's very similar to what Roblox is currently trying to do as well. They are focusing on teaching robotics, space exploration, computer science, engineering, and biomedical science through their video games. This also connects to the metaverse as many developing it say education is going to be a big part of it. I also agree, too much screen time can also have negative effects.

    - Zach Conant

  2. Hi Charissa, this topic of video games making children more violent has been around for a while. I like how you emphasized that playing a lot of games for a long time won't do anyone any good, but at the end of the day, there are some benefits of playing video games.
    Kristin Baldeo

  3. I think that video games could have interesting potential as academic tools. It could serve as an entertaining way to learn, allowing kids to stay more captivated by current lessons. I remember playing a lot of word and math games early in elementary school, as well.

    1. I agree with this, I think that as we move into a more technologically advanced society, having video games as a learning tool will be better for future generations

  4. This is a really interesting perspective to consider. The brains of developing students would retain the information more thoroughly if its an interactive experience.

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