Do video games, phones and the internet impact children's cognition?

Children have an increasing attraction towards electronic media in their play. With video games, phones and the internet in abundance, this article in Educational Psychology examines if such leisure activity is impacting children's cognition or academic performance or whether it would be more beneficial to read.

After a busy day children do need downtime to rest and relax. Increasingly kids leisure time is spent gaming, but does it detract from homework or would kids be better off reading a book? Historical research shows in some cases that interactive gaming can have positive effects for cognition by promoting memory, attention and reasoning. Other speed oriented games have been shown to improve perception and motor skills, so should gaming for relaxation be encouraged? Lieury et al investigate whether type of leisure activity produces a 'transfer effect' influencing learning processes thus improving student performance at school. With an emphasis on gaming and reading they linked patterns of leisure activity with performance in phonology, reading and comprehension, maths, and reasoning. Fascinatingly gaming previously thought to improve fluid intelligence showed little or no positive correlations to performance whilst reading did, particularly in memory and comprehension. It seems then despite lack of a causal link that reading may be more likely to enhance .

Should we assume that time spent gaming and away from homework is harmful to students? A further comparison of reading and gaming to most frequent leisure activities showed no negative patterns but interestingly resting had a favourable effect on performance as well as reading. So frequent leisure activity is not necessarily harmful to progress, or always at the expense of homework but can be enriching. The authors conclude "we think that video games are mainly recreational activities and the cognitive stimulation provided is very different from school learning. On the contrary, the results of this survey fully justify the educational role of parents and teachers in promoting reading."

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More information: "Video games vs. reading and school/cognitive performances: a study on 27000 middle school teenagers" by Alain Lieury, Sonia Lorant, Bruno Trosseille, Françoise Champault & Ronan Vourc'h. Published in Educational Psychology. … 01443410.2014.923556
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Oct 28, 2014
First off. I know the psychology field, as it arrives from the mainstream medical field, is political influenced. Like many things in the world. Because that same community fails to recognize or acknowledge the evident conspiracies taking place in the world. Forget talking about media and entertainment as if its something legitimate. I prefer to think of it as a weapon against people.

All modern forms of entertainment media are geared towards mind control. Influencing children in whatever way the most filthy rich people want. After all, its money that governs the mainstream status quo. One can turn on just about any modern mainstream movie or cartoon. Listen to it with your eyes closed. Notice what you hear. Improper behavior. What you see on the screen isn't as relevant. The scenarios have little influence. It is the sound you hear that has the biggest influence on children. Hearing things like "Get out of my life!" or "Why do you always tell me what to do?!" or "I hate you!".

Oct 28, 2014
Even if there are scenarios set up in a movie or cartoon to teach lessons, children will copy the bad behavior. It will rule their minds and feelings. This all comes out in the wash. Children should be measured by their surroundings. Instead of surrounding them with entertainment, they should be in direct touch with a simplistic life of natural things that have always been here. Sunsets. Birds. Hiking. Digging. Star gazing. Simple old fashioned fun with friends and family.

Media is politically guided. A mess it is. Darkness. This stuff should be banned completely from our lives. But it isn't. Because we cannot trust any corporate influenced organization. That also includes the entire medical field. Trust you brother, mother, or even your neighbor. But you cannot trust your doctor. He will shove a pill in you real fast.

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