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Maybe playing online video games is not such a bad after all. A new study shows that teenagers who played games online improved their test scores at school. However, the study found that social media was damaging to exam results. The study was conducted by professor Alberto Posso at Australia's RMIT University. Researchers analysed on the online activities of more than 12,000 15-year-olds across the . It looked at their maths, reading and science . Professor Posso concluded that: "It is that a number of skills associated with online gaming correlate positively with knowledge and skills tests in maths, reading, and science."

Critics of the study suggest the may not be today as the games are now outdated. Education expert Nicola Johnson said: "I think practices move so quickly, even within a year….While [this study] should make , you have to say it's not really a of current practice." However, she did admit that children could learn useful skills while gaming. She said: "Many games involve a lot of strategising, solving, goal and regular practice in order to obtain more skills. That kind of mindset would of seemingly correspond with and learning." Conversely, the study found that students who used social media a lot scored 20 points on maths tests.

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