New study shows gaming could make you perform better in school

And an RIT professor weighed in on it

A new study released by the International Journal of Communication has found that teen gamers perform better in math, science, and reading compared to their non-gaming peers.

While the results of the study could not pinpoint a direct cause for this correlation, it is suggested that strategic skills are gained while playing games. These same skills come in handy when dealing with mathematical equations, scientific data, and the like.

In the study, the academic performance of young adults who claim to be gamers far surpassed those who spend the majority of their time on social media.

Although she was not associated with the study itself, RIT professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media mentioned that it is important to recognize that these results focus on averages.

However she did admit that there are certainly aspects of games that translate to real world skills.

It only makes sense. Arguably, games can teach us strategy, teamwork, patience, and bravery. With constant repetition, we become wired to know how and when to unleash these skills in the practical settings of life.

Go on, play your games. Good grades await.

Rochester Institute of Technology