Video Games, Facebook, & Grades

A new Australian study suggests that players of online video games may do better in school, but those who frequent Facebook or chat sites are more likely to struggle scholastically.

"When you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in math, reading and science that you've been taught during the day," said study author Alberto Posso, an associate professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at Australia's RMIT University.

"Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in math and 17 points above the average in science," he said. But those who used Facebook or chatted online every day scored 20 points lower in math than students who did not.

The study identified a correlation, but not a cause-and-effect link, between these online habits and academic performance.

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