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Online gaming may improve school test scores






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Maybe video games aren't so bad. A study shows that teenagers who regularly played games improved their test scores. However, social media use lowered exam results. In the study, researchers analysed the online activities of over 12,000 15-year-olds worldwide. It looked at their maths, reading and science scores. The study concluded that skills associated with online gaming matched those needed for maths, reading, and science.

Critics said the findings may not be relevant today because the games are now outdated. An education expert said while the study should make headlines, it doesn't reflect today's online gaming. However, the expert said children could learn useful skills to help their learning while gaming. She said: "Many games involve…problem solving [and] goal setting." Conversely, students who used social media a lot scored 20 points less on maths tests.

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