Can Playing Video Games Make You More Creative? Hmm . . . .

By Meera Dolasia on November 9, 2011

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The next time you are being told off for wasting time playing video games, inform your parents that you are merely trying to fire up your imagination and get your creative juices going. At least that's what a recent study performed by the University of Michigan, seems to have concluded.

Led by the University's professor of psychology, Linda Jackson, the study began with a survey of the technology use patterns of about 500, twelve-year olds. The middle-school students were then asked to take the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, a standardized evaluation that involves tasks like drawing an interesting and exciting picture from a curved shape, giving it a title and then, creating a story around it.

What they discovered was that while the use of technology like phones and computers did not really do much for the kids, those that played video games on a regular basis, seemed to be more creative, regardless of gender and the amount of time spent on playing.

The researchers are hoping that the results of the study will encourage game developers to figure out which part of the games foster creativity and help them create new games that will encourage the creative aspect and, be entertaining.

Of course, like everything else the results should be taken with a pinch of salt given that a very small sub-section of kids were involved. Also, anything in excess, even video games cannot be that good for you. Having said that it does help to know that even experts believe that this so-called frivolous activity is not a complete waste of time!

Resource: eurekaalter.org

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  • coolgirl2112Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm
    i would need video games my creativeness would go down and i play minecraft goooooo minecraft
    • NightwingWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm
      I have a legittament reason to play videogames now yay!
      • scr3ming mim3Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:49 am
        I have a lagittament reason to play video games now yay!
        • hatsune mikuTuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm
          that is 2 crazy right?
          • awesome121
            awesome121Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm
            love GAMES!!!!
            • Ayee .Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9:42 am
              This is really cool I think that people should play video games a lot more than some of them do. Some people don't even play video games.
              • cool kid 1Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7:28 am
                That's so cool my brother needs to her this!
                • EhyeddyfcfhchfcFriday, February 6, 2015 at 9:21 am
                  Cool Cool Am
                  • swordfight
                    swordfightFriday, February 6, 2015 at 9:15 am
                    I love video games
                    • ILikeDemFedorazThursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm
                      I am a gamer and (fingers crossed) soon to be programmer. I really like this article, but I suggest that there is more information in the article. But, great article and, as always, GAME ON!

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