Study: Online Gamers Perform Better In School, Social Media Users Do Not

August 15, 2016

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In a recent questionable study conducted by the the Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology (RMIT), students who played online games every day averaged 15 points above average in math, 17 in science, and a staggering 84 in calling other gamers derogatory names online. Daily social media users scored 20 points below average in math than students that don't use social media, and presumably 6,000 points lower in English. No word about students that game online AND use social media, but they probably don't have enough free time to even go to school.

"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 that you've been taught during the day, said Mr Posso. "Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching so long as they are not violent ones."

Wait -- "When you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level"? Just what the hell online games is this guy talking about? Almost every single online game I've ever played has involved trying to shoot as many people in the head as fast as possible. This isn't The Island Of Dr. Brain or Myst we're talking about here. I've got a sneaking suspicion this study may have been funded by the video game industry.

Thanks to carey, who misses the days of 56k modems and playing Warcraft and Warcraft II with a single friend. Mom, hang up the phone!

  • Harold_Finch

    Social Media is a form of gaming.

  • Bling Nye

    And masturbation is a form of sex.

    "Logic," ...lolz

  • Harold_Finch

    No, you post to compete for likes/favourites/retweets. It is the digital form of self aggrandizement, it is a game.

  • fkdwi

    wwll yeah, have you seen the spreadsheets some of those games force people to make?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Gaming is the whole reason I learned keyboard skills. And when games broke I had to fix them so that led me to IT.

  • fkdwi

    koreans vs tweens

  • Clipper44

    Where does porn fall on this list?

  • Jenness

    We needed a report for this?

  • Forblat

    Correlation != Causation etc. etc. etc. etc.

  • The_Wretched

    Social media types will have smart but non-social people to do their heavy lift IRL. The reason they are good at social media makes means they'll suck at actually doing things.

  • R1CHMOND

    that make sense fuck social media

  • Steven

    You are right! Even articles that are written to show the advantage of using social media, like this one http://www.datasciencecentr... show that this is true. Nevertheless people won't stop using it, because it doesn't need any extraordinary mental activities.

  • R1CHMOND

    i understand the use for social media like interacting with long distance family and friends but now in days everyfuckingbody rather live their life thru someone else following trends and shit i probably too old for that shit (early 30s) but i cant fucking believe everyone its putting their whole life there and everyone its fucking liking it , i used to but a shirt , tennis shoes or pants hoping i was the only one who got them in the block at least and now everyone its looking to buy the same shit and do the same shit too wtf?? no wonder why playing 127984 levels on candy fuck makes you stupider than someone who even plays tetris its a huge difference future doent look promising at all with all the shit

  • Steven

    I agree with you, bro. Social media and nowadays culture make people become...not even a crowd, but some sort of a flock.

  • J HWOATAMAZU

    ""When you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level"? Just what the hell online games is this guy talking about?"

    WoW Progression raids. Learn the patterns of the boss or you can't advance.

  • Geekologie

    Thank you for this insight.

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