your kids are smarter than you

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by Renegen, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. Or at least that's what this research implies: people who play video games have better mental skills than those who don't. Watch out for the new generation, bred on video games!

    http://discovermagazine.com/2007/brain/video-games

    They also say this applies to social skills, which I find the easiest point to contest.

    Yay or Nay?
     
  2. I feel much better about the Doom and Wolfenstein sessions we had at work 10+ years ago.
     
  3. I've noticed that too. They can figure out how to flip those burgers better than I ever could.:D
     
  4. Those without good mental skills usually don't play video games.

    Also, our kids are now expected to die earlier than us. Can't remember
    the reason why. Probably getting too fat sitting there playing video games...:p
     
  5. "Those without good mental skills usually don't play video games."

    Had to laugh, how true. Of course they couldn't sell video games if they printed that revelation and last but not least it would be hijacked as an insensitive comment.

    As an aside, now the schools are promoting a "nutritional" menu, what happened to the one we had umpteen years ago and Phys-ed traded off years ago for "no one picked me" Johnny's self esteem and replaced it with the slogan I'm fat and I'm proud.
     
  6. harry11

    harry11

    Obviously- I'm a lot smarter than my dad!!
     
  7. melee

    melee

    ive played video games for over 80% of my life. and as a long term video game player id say that they do increase some mental aspects. i know for a fact that my game playing has trained my reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and, to some extent, problem solving skills, but i dont think they've increased my intelligence by leaps and bounds. also it depends on the games being played. some games are fast paced, twitch based games like counter strike, doom, or quake. others are basically like an elaborate form of chess, such as civilization or age of empires.
    remember it all comes down to training, if you play a reflex game 4 hours a day 6 days a week, you'll get better reflexes. if you play memory games you'll get a better memory. the us military uses simulations "aka 100 million dollar games" to train pilots, tankmen, and soldiers to do there job, so im willing to bet theres something to it.
    lets keep an open mind; just because its on a tv/computer screen doesn't make it evil.