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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  • krish10
    krish104/14/2014
    Wow!
    • janie
      janie4/14/2014
      ok that cat is so so so so cute.
      • ANON.4/11/2014
        Ok, can we have pros and cons, like more!
        • -_-4/11/2014
          this is cool but does not mean that you can just play videogames all day you have to be active.im not saying this just because im jealous im saying this is not a excuse just to play video games all day. and also video games can be good but sometimes it can be bad.
          • qwertyuipoiu129
            yea,like call of duty,I love the game i just you get it right.
          • sarah901
            sarah9014/11/2014
            lol the baby picture and the cat picture
            • .4/1/2014
              that is cool that must mean that i am very creative since i play a lot of video games
              • cookieee3/31/2014
                its fabee love this fab stuff
                • Julianna3/31/2014
                  That cat look sad playing a game like "I can't win" hahaha
                  • Julianna3/31/2014
                    Haha that baby looks funny
                    • headream100
                      headream1003/29/2014
                      Omg a scottish fold is playing video games omg so cute

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