Children who play video games have better social skills, a new study has found.
has found that games offer a range of social and educational benefits
to gamers, Edith Cowan University (ECU) associate professor Mark
McMahon, an expert in gaming, said. Rather than being anti-social and time wasting, McMahon said gaming can actually build social skills in children. "Gamers
are reaping the social benefits when their friends come over and they
play computer games together. They are often strategising, managing
complex tasks and forming and managing teams," he said.The benefits of gaming don't end at social development. In the recent Digital Australia 2014 report, 91 percent of respondents said games are mentally stimulating, researchers said. Around 85 percent said they reduce stress and 83 percent said games can be educational, they said.
McMahon said these views are not solely from young people either, 76 percent of gamers are over 18.
you think about what people do during screen time, they can be writing,
creating images or videos, communicating, looking up information and so
on," said McMahon.
"Playing games is one of those activities and
gameplay itself is complex. "Wii
U by Nintendo has a large volume of content aimed at children. Games
such as Mario help build hand-eye co-ordination, and the new 2DS is
designed specifically to hit a price point that will appeal to
families," he said. McMahon said there are great benefits from
playing transformational games which are designed to create engaging and
immersive learning environments for delivering specified learning goals.