New research suggests some video-gaming is beneficial when it comes to teenagers’ academic performance, but it depends what they are playing.
The report, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education, looks at why boys are more likely to be poor performers than girls, especially in reading, and why girls are less likely to be the top students in maths and science.
The report says boys are more likely to be overall low achievers than girls for a variety of reasons which include:
- Boys are more likely than girls to play video games.
- Boys are more likely than girls to spend time on computers and the Internet.
- Boys are less likely than girls to read outside of school for enjoyment.
- Boys are less likely than girls to enjoy activities connected with reading.
- Boys are less likely than girls to do homework.
- Boys are more likely than girls to have negative attitudes towards school.
- Boys are more likely than girls to arrive late for school.
- Boys are less likely than girls to engage in school-related work out of intrinsic motivation.
The research reports mixed results on the effect of computer-gaming on academic achievement.
Students who play multi-player video games are generally worse at reading, maths and science tests than those who do not play them.
But those who play single-player games are better at these subjects than those who do not, especially if they are not playing those games every day.
The report shows a strong link between choice of reading material and reading performance.
Twice as many boys as girls are classified as poor readers.
Children who read fiction have a higher reading age than those children who read comics and non-fiction.