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Online Gaming Boosts Science, Math Grades; Facebook No Academic Advantage?

Online gaming is suggested to boost teenagers’ school grades according to a new research from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). However, the study also found that students who regularly visit Facebook or chat sites are more likely to fall behind in Math, Science and reading.

Posso also said that online gaming requires solving puzzles to level up. It involves using some of general knowledge and skills in maths, science and reading, all of which are being taught in school during the day. Posso went on to suggest that popular video games, those that are not violent, should be incorporated by teachers into teaching.

Meanwhile, aside from online gaming, teenagers who use Facebook or chat everyday scored 20 points lower in Math than students who never used social media. Posso discussed that students lose time that could be spent on studies when they are regularly using social media. However, the findings may also indicate that these students are struggling with Math, Science and reading so they go online instead, ABC reported.

The study used the testing results collected by Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA conducted examinations to more than 12,000 15-year-old Australians. They were given tests in Math, Science and reading. Their online gaming activities and other online use were also surveyed. While online gaming and the use of social media may affect students’ learning, the most important step is for schools to determine the main drivers of educational under performance according to the study.

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