Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lifestyle. Even our kids aren’t safe from this device because of the ongoing pandemic. According to many parents and well-wishers, Despite having numerous advantages, this electronic media today poses a massive threat to the development of our children.
Surprisingly in this latest research, it is found that video games that often fall under the category of bad habits are pretty beneficial for your child’s mental growth. According to the results, it is found that playing games boost your child’s intelligence.
Although a strong point, this discovery is subjected to numerous terms and conditions like factors including differences in genetics and the child’s socio-economic background. Mobile phones are often a threat to our lifestyle and beliefs as they tend to take most of our time from our predetermined schedules.
Multiple debates are happening worldwide on the pros and cons of Digital media, and so far, we have mixed responses from both sides. But this latest development will surely provide some practical and proven data regarding the pros of digital media. A well-known published newspaper has shared its views on this topic, and its statement reads, “Digital media defines modern childhood, but its cognitive effects are unclear and hotly debated. We believe that studies with genetic data could clarify causal claims and correct for the typically unaccounted role of genetic predispositions.”
According to this research, it is found that the screen time of 9,855 youngsters belonging to the ages 9 or 10 is 2.5 hours a day watching TV or online videos, 1-hour playing video games, and half an hour socializing over the internet. The researchers took out data for more than 5,000 of those children two years later to compare this newfound information.
The results were astonishing. It is found that those spending more time than the norm on video games show an increase of 2.5 IQ points above the average rise. It is due to their mental exercise because of the games. This increase in IQ is subjected to critical factors like reading comprehension, visual-spatial processing, and a task focused on memory, flexible thinking, and self-control.
A neuroscientist, Torkel Klingberg, from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, shared his views and said, “Our results support the claim that screen time generally doesn’t impair children’s cognitive abilities and that playing video games can actually help boost intelligence.”