Your daughter just came home with a straight A report card and an academic achievement award. She is already taking college credit classes and she is only in the tenth grade. Her brother who is two years older is graduating this year and heading off to college over the summer. He will be attending a major University on a full academic scholarship. And he was the one you used to think would be better off attending a trade school. You and your spouse like to think that you are both pretty smart, and that your two braniac kids are just a couple of chips off the old blocks. But before you start to think too highly of your own DNA, you need to know about some recent scientific studies that say you and your spouse are not the only ones who should take the credit. Video games played on systems like Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and PSP (Playstation Portable) should also get a lot of the credit for making your kids so intelligent.
One thing is for sure, and that is the fact that your kids are growing up in a world that is quite different than the world that you grew up in. Technology and its influences are far more pervasive now than they used to be back in your childhood. The whole learning experience is just mechanically different. For example, you grew up playing with puzzles instead of video games. Puzzles are good for visualization of geometric patterns, along with recognition and recall of geometric designs. The theory says that if puzzles are good for this, then video games are even better because the shapes and designs are constantly changing and moving, which makes them more challenging. In essence, a more challenging learning experience means that a child is working their brain harder, and this makes them smarter.
There are many other benefits that come with the use of PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PSP games. Recent studies have proved that playing video games helps to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking and sequential reasoning abilities. They are also good for the development of spatial reasoning and memory skills, as most games involve the placement of objects in 3-dimensional spaces as well as the use of floor plans, maps, mazes and puzzles.
Video games are also good for the development of artistic abilities in children. Many games have incredibly creative graphics and storylines that are sure to inspire any creatively inclined youths. They are especially good for any children who dream to become writers some day. It is important to be able to build imaginary worlds as a writer, and many of the fantasy based games show them what is possible when you think creatively.
Playing computer games can also be good for language skills. Many of the games involve foreign languages and translations from Japanese to English, and visa versa.
There is also the cultural aspect of playing a game that was made in a foreign country. Many games depict scenarios that are found in the country where it was made. Children can learn about the differences and similarities between them and the people in other countries around the world. They can gain access to anthropological information every time they play a video game on their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii consoles.
Not all video games offer an escape into a realm of fantasy. Some have real world geography that teaches children about the planet they live on. These types of games also teach them navigational skills, for they involve the use of maps and directions.
So if you are wondering why you your kids are over-achieving in school, you need look no further than their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and PSP games and consoles. You may have been the one who taught them their first words, how to walk and how to ride a bike, but their video games taught them things like problem-solving skills, critical thinking and sequential reasoning abilities.
If you are a parent with a child that cannot seem to get enough PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii games or PSP downloads, and you are starting to feel like the teacher’s assistant instead of the teacher, I would not worry too much. You have one big advantage over computer games and that is the ability to enjoy the fruits of your labor. When you see your children graduate and blossom into mature, well-educated adults you can rest assured that you did a good job raising them, with the help of video games of course, who by the way will have no idea that they were partially responsible for your children growing up so smart and well adjusted.