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Research finds people who play games are more culturally engaged

People who play video games are generally well educated and more likely to engage with other cultures, according to research conducted by innovation foundation, Nesta.

Chris Kerr

July 25, 2017

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People who play video games are generally well educated and more likely to engage with other cultures, according to research conducted by innovation foundation, Nesta. 

A new report published by the group looked at data from the UK government's Taking Part survey, which quizzed 10,000 British adults, to better understand how playing video games affects individuals 

The study found that there aren't any obviously negative effects of playing games, at least in socio-economic terms. 

In fact, the report suggests that people who play are greater consumers of culture, and are more likely to do things like read, paint, visit the theater, and explore heritage sites. 

It also claims that game players are more willing to actively participate in the creation of culture than those who avoid the medium. 

In terms of education, the report highlights the positive educational impact video games can have on players, and indicates that people who played games growing up went on to obtain better qualifications than those who didn't. 

You can read the full report over on the Nesta website [PDF].

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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