Interesting article in the guardian yesterday (via @mikedicks) discussing research that computer gamers are less likely to go to university.
This research tracked 17,000 born in 1970 and looked at their likelihood of going on to get a degree, finding that while reading significantly increased chances, playing computer games – as a sole recreational activity – decreased them. The article does discuss some of the limitations of the research, that the nature of computer games (and – I might add – universities) has changed fundamentally since the 1980s, and that it doesn’t prove any causal link between reading/gaming and likelihood to go to university (albeit as an aside in the very last sentence of the article).
However, I think a key point is glossed over. The study looked at people who were “playing computer games regularly and doing no other activities”. Surely this is an issue of single-focus rather than one of computer games per sae? I would argue that doing any activity to the exclusion of others is likely to have detrimental affects. Somehow it’s computer games get singled out as the problem.