Video Games Now Linked To Creativity In Children

Many parents have long been under the impression that video games are something that kids should use only as a past time and they work hard to prevent their kids from spending ‘too much time’ on them. Studies have been done in an attempt to prove that games cause children to be more violent, less attentive, and more socially inept then others. All of those studies, along with the negative views many parents have on ‘violent games’ have made it difficult to prove the usefulness of video games, however a recent study was just released that may just change parent’s minds.

A study was conducted on children over at Michigan State University and was spearheaded by Linda Jackson, the professor of psychology at the school. The study involved five hundred 12yr old children who took the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. The Torrance Tests, often abbreviated as TTAT, are a set of commonly used tests that are administered by a trained psychologist and generally take about 90 minutes long.

The researchers found that the video games actually resulted in the children scoring higher than the children who did not play video games. This discovery was also accompanied by others. On top of the children who played video games being more creative, they found that no other type of technology interaction caused an increase in creativity; they tested internet and mobile phone usage as well. On top of this, the researchers found that the type of video game played by the children (be it violent or not) had no bearing on the positive affect that the games had on their creativity.

These researchers from Michigan University were the first to do a study that focused on the impact technology and games had on creativity and the results were astounding and yet somewhat not surprising as well.

For those curious about the specifics on the actual research done on this study then you can read the full article that was published by the Michigan State University here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563211002147

The study will be featured next year in the journal ‘Computers in Human Behaviour’ and the results bode well for the future. Undoubtedly more research will be preformed regarding this matter and hopefully the full extent to which video games affect youths will be discovered in the future. Until then parents can, without a guilty conscience, remove their children’s phones and tell them to go play video games!

 

 

Climate Change – Do Your Bit To Save Earth – Cut Black Carbon

50 renowned scientists said you, every one of you, can be a world saver. A slight change in the way you lead your life, timely changes to replace / refurnish / refurbish worn out stuff machines around you, and opting to use cleaner fuel for burning purposes, are among some of the things you can do to improve the environment around you.

UNEP (Nairobi, Kenya) and Word Meteorological Organization (Geneva, Switzerland), two specialized organizations under United Nations say – some of these ‘small user activities‘ are responsible for as much as 30% of today’s climate change, which means, it is right right here in our hand to save that 30% impact on mother nature.

By controlling black carbon, methane and ground level ozone, you can improve various environmental factors, which has a spiral effect, which will automatically result in better farming, controlled rainfall around the globe, reduction in melting of glaciers and so on.

Major sources of :

Black Carbon: Burning fossil fuels, wood, low quality coal and biomass

Methane: Improper usage of oil, bad / sub-standard coal and waste treatment plants.

Ground-level Ozone: Defective vehicles which emit thick-dark clouds of exhaust gases is the major source.

If you think you are directly involved with any one of the above, and can make some difference, please go ahead and make that change in your / around you. Unless there is mass movement regarding climate change, no single committee, no convention and no nation can make any changes to the way our lives will be affected.