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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  • elitecooleo360
    elitecooleo360Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm
    Dude so now I can just play a lot.I have awesome games!๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŽฎ
    • DERP SSUNDEETuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:54 am
      lol babys xbox live is broken
      • funnyminecraftf
        funnyminecraftfFriday, January 22, 2016 at 9:51 am
        minecraft is the must creative thing because u cant build stuff
        • silverfootwolf
          silverfootwolfWednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm
          The last picture is funny!! hahahaha
          • silverfootwolf
            silverfootwolfWednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm
            Thanks for teaching me something new DOGO news
            • diamondkid
              diamondkidMonday, December 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm
              lol picture
              • Punkin305Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm
                ...I did not realize that...interesting...
                • Punkin305Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm
                  last pic is funny
                  • air_7
                    air_7Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm
                    Ha! I new it video games are not that bad for you
                    • riptide16
                      riptide16Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm
                      I knew video games were not useless.
                      • dannyphantomfan
                        dannyphantomfanThursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm
                        I know. I can literally create anything in my head and I play Just Dance nearly 24/7

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