Our Kids: Yes or No on Video Games?

posted by Jim O'Hara - 

Our two sons played TONS of video games. These are smart guys—one now a very successful college professor, the other a terrific young writer.  But as they were  growing up I always wondered, should we even be letting them play video games?  This research says…maybe yes!

Studies conducted at the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at York University found that some action strategy video games can act similar to IQ tests. While the researchers stressed that the studies have no bearing on questions such as whether playing computer games actually makes young people smarter or otherwise, they said they simply establish a correlation between skill at certain online games of strategy-- and intelligence.

Not sure my fondness for "Duck Hunt" made ME any smarter though....

Jim O'Hara

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