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Windows 7: Are computer gamers less likely to go to university?

08 Apr 2011   #1
Buddahfan

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Are computer gamers less likely to go to university?

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Are computer gamers less likely to go to university?

By Zack Whittaker | April 8, 2011, 10:12am PDT


A University of Oxford sociological research study seems to think so, finding those who play computer games are less likely to reach university level education.

A study of 17,000 people followed since they were sixteen years old, found that those who read in their spare time, instead of played computer games, had better success at reaching higher education.

Regular video gamers who have little or no other extracurricular activities were found to have reduced chances of going to university from 24 percent to 19 percent for young males, and from 20 percent to 14 percent for young females.

Teenagers who read a book for pleasure, or visited the theatre, or engaged with at least one arts platform at least once a month, did achieve a higher probability of reaching university.

Simply put, reading books for pleasure instead of playing computer games can raise the probability of going to college.
Not what pre-college gamers probably want to hear but the results of this study don't surprise me.

Is it a bad thing not to go to college?

As I recall Gates was a college drop-out.

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Top 10 College Dropouts

Graduation season is upon us, and everyone from President Obama to John Grisham is delivering commencement speeches across the country. TIME looks at some of the most successful people to never receive their sheepskins.
Interesting list.


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08 Apr 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i wonder how much time, effort and money was spent on a 'study' to determine whether book readers were more likely to go on to further education than non-readers?

also are gamers and readers mutually exclusive? i think not...

haven't 'journalists' and 'scientists' got anything more useful to contribute?

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08 Apr 2011   #3
Hellriser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What about those who play games and also read, like me? Do they even out each other or...?
I'm tired of so called scientists that make the most idiotic studies in the world. This is one of them. There are so many nuances to this problem, you really can't draw an accurate statistical conclusion.

The only study that really counts is this:


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08 Apr 2011   #4
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I hear Russia is Lovely this time of year
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08 Apr 2011   #5
Hellriser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Judging from that chart, is lovely any time of year
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08 Apr 2011   #6
Everlong

 

I play quite a lot of games, and I go to University.
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08 Apr 2011   #7
Stormkitty

7x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hellriser View Post
Judging from that chart, is lovely any time of year
Hey now don't forget about the Finns Swedes and Norwegians. I'm told Sweden is very lovely as well.
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08 Apr 2011   #8
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Just another utterly useless study the world didn't need to begin with.
Nobody in his right mind could deny the importance of reading.
But what ultimately determines if you can successfully reach your PhD is (besides the tuitions is your IQ

At least I didn't magically turn into a complete moron just because I love to play Computer games.
I have a feeling that also holds true for lots of other people.
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10 Apr 2011   #9
user417

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Yes and we have all seen what the smart people have done to this planet play on brothers
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10 Apr 2011   #10
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by user417 View Post
Yes and we have all seen what the smart people have done to this planet play on brothers
And while you're playing on brother, pause for a second and wonder who made it possible for you to play...
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