Gameaholics are less likely to go to university

Research has shown that those who frequently play computer games are less likely to go to university. The research, which was carried out by Oxford University, involved 17,000 participants born, all of who were born in 1970.

The research also illustrated that reading and career success were linked. Results suggested that 16 year olds that regularly read were more likely to be in a management position by the time they reach 33. For women there was a 14% difference between those who read often when 16 and those who did not. As for men there was a 10% difference between regular readers and non-readers.  

The effect of playing computer games regularly meant 6% less chance of women going to university and 5% less chance for men going to university. Some experts have suggested that it is not computer games itself that does the damage, yet it is the fact that when playing computer games they are not participating in other extra curricular activities that may prove more beneficial.

The research did not take into account what genre of game was played.

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What a load of ****. Total, utter, and complete bull****. Talk about bending statistics and pseudo-facts to serve the purpose of a study. There are hundreds of thousands (and hundreds of millions if you include developing nations) of people who do not attend college for any host of reasons. The only way this study could be plausible would be an analysis of all the reasons why individuals do not attend college; and only then, include the demographic that is the gameaholic (whatever in the hell that even is). This study is rubbish, and frankly so is this story.

This is just some awful research.... **** statistics gathered by non mathematicians who dont' understand the limitations of their findings...

to all those parents out there, please don't pay attention to these things. Yes most video games aren't necessarily beneficial for your kids, however, there are plenty of video games that require your kids to THINK and develop critical thinking skills that other kids will never learn from reading story books. also notice that the research says kids who read more "were" more likely to be in a management position you can NOT apply their findings to the current world in 2011.

NO.

People who are less likely to go to the university (for a variety of reasons), are also more likely to be gameaholics.

Obviously the reality is Video Games are so much more engaging then school. School is nearly a hundred years old and it's boring as hell. Clearly it's not going to keep our attention. Our faults? Maybe, but it should be obvious that things need to change.
I'm not mad, I dropped out and write software and make a killing doing everything I love and didn't have to anesthetize myself just to survive university.

I was a hardcore gamer, had to stop it before getting to university and nowadays i just play cards with friends.

erm no not quite carson2255, the NES came out in 1983/4 so people born in 1970 would be either 13 or 14 when the NES was released.

What is a Gameaholics exactly ?

Someone who play 40 hours a week ? So you are telling me that someone who play 40 hours a week wont have enough time for university. Shocked.

I like to play games. I usually play between 5 and 10 hours a week. I went to university and have a good job.

Saying time spent playing video games could be better spent by taking up an extracurricular activity for instance could be applied to almost any activity (and I know they are focusing on people who are true game-a-holics). There is always going to be something better to do for any activity. I could say time spent going with friends to the bar and drinking could be better spent doing community service... So I disagree with using that kind of comparison as some sort of explanation for this study.

I used to be a game-a-holic in high school, but ever since I started university classes, I've pretty much converted into a work-a-holic. I'm getting really good grades, I feel like I'm getting a solid understanding of what I'm learning, and I have a part-time job too (though not the greatest one). It's not video games or a certain activity that stops you from going to college, it's about getting priorities straight - doing what needs to be done first before indulging in entertainment. Also, I'm not saying gaming has had no negative impact on me either.

In fact, gaming altogether is what inspired me as a kid to wonder how computers work and that built up enough for me over the years to go into computer science and engineering.

While I certainly agree with those who say there's a stronger correlation between university attendance and affordability, I'll point out to the fact that time playing games is time not spent working at a job that could be paying the tuition. The article mentions gameaholics--not the casual players. That's an important distinction.

Jobless teenagers who play games all the time are automatically reducing their chances of post-secondary schooling, purely from a monetary perspective. I'm not convinced anyone was trying to paint a picture saying games will automatically prevent you from going to university.

I have hundreds of video games, I did NOTHING but play video games for most of my life, I HATE reading, and now I have a job in Management at a University!

It doesn't matter how much you're into some random thing, if you understand that college = money and that YOU are in control of your life, you will get an education.

I don't know if I completely agree with the article. However, I will say that based on experiences from friends of mine in university, those who played large amounts of video games typically fell behind in school and missed out on other activities.

greenwizard88 said,
Correlation does not equal causation!
Correct. Nobody is expecting you to look for causation from statistics.

wow, I'm a game-a-holic and have a bachelors, associates, and two masters degrees. But then again, I got the masters ones for free since I taught at that college.

I strongly disagree with this article. Many of my university classmates are hardcore gamers, just like myself.

"Research has shown that those who frequently play computer games are less likely to go to university. The research, which was carried out by Oxford University, involved 17,000 participants born, all of who were born in 1970."

That is a 41 year old person.

nuff said.

I look forward to seeing if they repeat this in 20 years time, for people in my generation. Loads of students game these days. 20 years ago university was a privilege, now any idiot can get in and get a first in Media Studies without any effort.

Alcoholics are less likely.
Those who are druggies are less likely.
Those who drop out of class are less likely.

I'm pretty sure the article isn't really linking to anything other than the basic fact, but as always Neowin are overly sensitive. I don't think anywhere said that gaming reduces the chances you go to university.

I think by now, you really should accept computer gaming, apart from the drunk and violent part, can cause you harm if you are not moderate with what you do just like alcohol. I think 90% maybe, of people who drink probably are responsible when they do it. It is when they abuse it that cause harm. Video game are enjoyable just like a good old drink of some beer, but when enjoyable becomes obsession or a lack of social life/motivation to work, then it is a problem.


Is not as though it implies anyone who does anything are gamerholics and are useless scum. Sorry if I'm reading between the lines but the tone of some reply is way too defensive, as if it actually did hit a sore spot.

Some experts have suggested that it is not computer games itself that does the damage, yet it is the fact that when playing computer games they are not participating in other extra curricular activities that may prove more beneficial.

Translation: "We just wanted to a dig in at video games."

SK[ said,]Surly any aholic is less likly to do anything their not addicted to?
Yeah, and you drink more than you study at uni.

But here's a dilema. What if im going to uni to study game design? oooo

Weird that, all the people that LOVED to play games in my college class are all at uni, the ones that didn't play games are... That's right, NOT at uni.

You've just told everyone that you are an addicted player!!!

I always like these kind of studies... they always... accomplish... so much.
Useless waste of time and resources.

I didn't go to University because I didn't go to college or even finish school. I learned everything I know on the job. It has nothing to do with gaming.

"participating in other extra curricular activities that may prove more beneficial."

Like, sitting in the damn yard all day, talking about the same **** every day. Or watching some stupid sport game, right? Yea, that is way more "beneficial".

Tip for the next research... research whether people can actually afford to go to university. Maybe you'll come up with something better than this crap.

KavazovAngel said,
"participating in other extra curricular activities that may prove more beneficial."

Like, sitting in the damn yard all day, talking about the same **** every day. Or watching some stupid sport game, right? Yea, that is way more "beneficial".

Tip for the next research... research whether people can actually afford to go to university. Maybe you'll come up with something better than this crap.

In the UK, "extra-curricular" generally refers to educational activities done outside of core schooling hours. So things like attending scouts, or participating in atheletic or playing a musical instrument would all count as extra curricular activities, and would probably increase your chances of going to university .

Teebor said,
Is it just me or did anyone else have trouble reading the mangled sentences in this article?
No, you're not alone in that. I quit reading it after the first one.

Teebor said,
Is it just me or did anyone else have trouble reading the mangled sentences in this article?

Please use the 'report a problem' button when you find things like this. Everyone makes mistakes and it helps us fix them if people point them out in the appropriate place.

Laura said,

Please use the 'report a problem' button when you find things like this. Everyone makes mistakes and it helps us fix them if people point them out in the appropriate place.


I figured it was meant to be like that but I was just being stupid, but point taken

Teebor said,
Is it just me or did anyone else have trouble reading the mangled sentences in this article?

Sssssh ! He be on da console playing sum gamez lulz

Jenson said,
Or maybe they just cant afford to go to university now?

This. And next year, the university fees will nearly triple in the UK, so it'll turn into a bloody nightmare.

Jenson said,
Or maybe they just cant afford to go to university now?

The study used people born in 1970, today's situation doesn't apply.

Laura said,

The study used people born in 1970, today's situation doesn't apply.

On that basis the whole video game thing is disingenuous and meant to cause a reaction and gives anti-video game people more questionable ammunition which the news media will eat up w/o thinking. The whole thing just further solidifies my stance that video games were used as an easy target to get a dig in versus too much TV which would have been a far more apt target given the time periods in question.

MightyJordan said,

This. And next year, the university fees will nearly triple in the UK, so it'll turn into a bloody nightmare.

It's free in Norway - u mad?

MightyJordan said,

This. And next year, the university fees will nearly triple in the UK, so it'll turn into a bloody nightmare.

In England, not in the UK. We have our own government here so our fees are paid for by SAAS.

MightyJordan said,

This. And next year, the university fees will nearly triple in the UK, so it'll turn into a bloody nightmare.
Fees is not everything. Fees comes after qualification through various entrance tests. Besides, this is only statistics about avid gamers taken on an average. If you think statistics, without a probability of 1, shows causation, then you're comprehending the statistics wrong. The research study only shows a trend.

What I would like to know is where is the research paper? No source?

Gaffney said,

In England, not in the UK. We have our own government here so our fees are paid for by SAAS.

Yup, same with prescription charges Scotland FTW! aint it great having a devolved parliment suck it up englandshire