Even though all of us here at iD Tech Camps have witnessed the creative impact technology has on kids and teens, it’s always nice to see a recent study for validation.
Michigan State University found that nearly 500 12-year-olds who played video games exhibited increased creativity when it came to tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories.
The crux of the study (which was part of MSU’s Children and Technology Project, funded by the National Science Foundation) involved assessing how often students used technology in its different forms, and then measured their creativity with the Torrance Test of Creativity.
Linda Jackson, head researcher and professor of psychology, notes that with such knowledge, game developers should push to discover those specific aspects of video games that are most responsible for resulting creativity. “Once they do that, video games can be designed to optimize the development of creativity while retaining their entertainment values such that a new generation of video games will blur the distinction between education and entertainment,” Jackson states in an MSU press release.
While the study proves that playing games boosts creative juices, just think of the impact received when you create your own video game. From game design, to game development, modding, and modeling, learning about the different aspects of video games and then actually putting that knowledge into action is a valuable practice.