Is it true that games help kids become smarter?

Philippines
April 24, 2011 7:09am CST
There was this topic in the news that video games help kids become smarter because there are games that stimulates reflexes, logic, timing, coordination and other brain functions. I just wonder if its true.. I used to play games when I was in grade school and I think it helped me at school(lol). But I still believe that there mentally 'unhealthy' games such as games that inflict violence and immoral acts to the player's subconscious. Also, there are moderations in everything. Too much gaming is bad. But life is short, let's play more than stress in little problems.
9 responses
• Calgary, Alberta
25 Apr 11
depends on the game, videogames are known to improve hand and eye coordination which is a very useful skill if improved but for sure there should be limit and balance, A kid must still focus on school, lets say there should be time for studies, there should be time for exercise and and few hours of video game will be a reward for accomplishments. There are kids who were smart because they have a balance of videogame and school and there are kids who have terrible grades in school due to game addiction, so there should be balance.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
Thank you for adding Capt! Besides moderation.. There should be proper time management. There are several successful people because of good time and resources management even though they didn't start out rich or smart.
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• Calgary, Alberta
26 Apr 11
anyway the best videogame genre for me are the fighting games, because its a battle of wits and strategy, its a skill to be mastered and if you are good with fighting games you can compete in tournaments.Fighting game tournaments is a craze now, there are people who were getting rich because of them.
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• Philippines
28 Apr 11
I'm curious how people gets rich in fighting game tournaments? Are there contests that gives out real money? I think action/time/puzzle games, interactive/multi-player games, beat/music games also have big effects on the development of the brain. :D
• Indonesia
24 Apr 11
Playing games might help kids to be smarter a bit. But remember, playing games for more than 2 hours for kid might affect their mental when they've grown up.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Yea, not only mental but also eyesight. The eyes get dry when staring at a source of light (like a monitor) so every 30 minutes requires some rest. There are also games that doesn't require the 'video' essence like tag, skipping rope, ball games.. etc. So there are pretty good alternatives when video games are too much yet kids are still bored.
@Danuska (190)
• India
5 May 11
ya its true ...........
• United States
25 Apr 11
I honestly think it does. My kids are big on gaming and I know it has improved their thinking having to accomplish certain things on games. Coordination is a big thing you have to learn to do serious gaming. You have to learn to think big and fast. My kids are all honor students and every subject is a breeze to them. I can't say it's all because of gaming but I know it does help to a certain point.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
Congrats for having awesome kids! When I was in high school and never knew the benefit of video games so I was surprised that our top one was a gamer. Not only does games are fun but also good for the brains :D
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
25 Apr 11
The studies on this have shown that is some ways kids that have early exposure to games and actually FPSes show the most amount of improvement so games like Halo or Call of Duty for multiple reasons one it takes strategy in order to complete the levels which help with higher brain functions and with modern games they can easily put enough pressure through visual sight and sound that an rush can form that would be similar to being in the situation. But the main improvement is in Eye hand coordination. This is the primary reason the Military has invested Millions of dollars in the America's Army series of games. Because they have found that Gamers are faster than non gamers when it comes to pulling the trigger and also assessing the situation. Also as the battlefield of tomorrow is more integrated gamers will have the advantage of being able to handle the multi tasking. That is the main thing that video games have slowly begun to change the Human mind to be able to multi task at a better level this is a change that can because by early exposure. I have been playing video game (Doom, Heritic and Duke Nukem 3d) since I was 2 and a half.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
Oh wow.. I never knew that they've invested so much to make games for the army. But I've heard that gamers reacts faster than non gamers. Thanks for adding the ability to multi-task as one of the benefits of games. We never had those video games when I was a kid. Those I played were using snes, family computer and sega. It's only when I was in high school we had playstation, wii & the like. And you're the youngest gamer I've ever met. LoL
@NeoCaelum (109)
• South Africa
25 Apr 11
Greetings. I am going to respond to this in a very strange matter. I feel that any game and movie out there learns child something. Even violence ones. I was 10 when I started watching movies that was marked 18 LV. I do not swear and I have only been in one fight in my life. Here is what I believe is the key to this. Learning from media the right way is a skill you should learn. You get two people playing the same game and only one learns something. It is all about thought.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
When I thought about it, I see that you have a good point. It's still in us whether we instill in our minds what we perceive. We have the ability to choose whether to learn or not, whether to get affected or not. Thank you for sharing NeoCaelum! Interesting response!
• United States
25 Apr 11
Moderation. Video games that uses a controller, in my opinion, improves the kids hand-eye coordination and their dexterity. It's pretty beneficial. Also, video games help some kids relax and let loose. It reduces stress...Oh, I'm also a hardcore gamer :) So, yeah...
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
^_^ lol on hardcore gamer (me too!) I 1oo% agree on the stress part. There are times students get so strained by too many school activities that they forget to treat themselves kindly. I also agree in coordination and dexterity. It also improves reaction and reflexes too. Actually, when I was in high school, I was thinking 'maybe I should take up programming so that I can make some cool games that can really teach kids without stressing them like school does...'~but I took up accountancy instead because I want to be stable first .
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Though games might be an effective means of brain improvement, I pin my hopes to social interaction as the way to help them do proper decisions. If kids do not know how to mingle with people, what they will become will be smart loners and there's a dangerous side to it. I must say there should be a balance between games and personality development.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 11
That is one bad element. There are many kids today who are shy not because they feel low-esteemed but because they don't know how to interact. There are kiddie camps that parents could bring there children every vacation so that there are opportunities for kids to make friends and socialize. In the future, it would help them interact well in work and in life. Good response :D
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
I agree. It helps. Especially puzzles, strategy and role play games. Though parents must guide in which games to choose and they should set limits. Still their schoolwork must be prioritize above others.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 11
I agree, parents should still guide kids and remind their studies. Happy easter by the way ^_^
• Philippines
30 May 11
I guess it depends on the game. There are well-made games out there that can be played by kids and learn a lot and there are games that's not worth mentioning to them. You'll see it on the tags at the back; there will be an indicated age range there of its appropriateness.