Captain Obvious: Gamers do less homework

So it turns out that gamers do less homework than non-gamers? No sh*t, Sherlock. We needed a study to tell us this?

The Universities of Michigan and Texas-Austin studied 1,500 children ages 10-19 to find these unimaginable results. It turns out that young gamers spend 30 percent less time reading (books?) and 34 percent less time doing homework than the non-gaming students. I wonder what they’re doing instead of their homework.

“Although gamers and non-gamers did not differ in the amount of time they spent interacting with family and friends, concerns regarding gamers’ neglect of school responsibilities (reading and homework) are warranted,” the researchers said.

Some other interesting facts from the study: over one-third of the group reported playing games, and about 80 percent of these were boys. These budding gamers played for about an hour on weekdays and 90 minutes on weekend days. Boys tended to spend more time playing than girls.

Wait, I think I see Captain Obvious circling around for a second flyby.

[via Science Daily, thanks Richard Blocker]

Dale North