Videogames, as opposed to cell phones, the Internet, or computers, proved to increase creativity among children, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University.
Researchers asked 491 12-year-olds in Michigan to test their creative thinking skills by commenting on a drawing and were then asked about their usage of various forms of information technology. The level of creativity was determined by how much a student expanded on a drawing or idea presented to them. According to the study, there was a correlation between video game usage and creativity across all races and genders. Whether the video game was violent or interpersonal had no effect on the level of creativity, researchers say. Previous work conducted by the team of researchers found that video games also lead to improved visual and spatial skills. The study was first released online Nov. 1 and will be published in the March 2012 issue of Computers in Human Behavior.