if any of you have read wired recently, you may have noted the article talking about how video games may be key to a steady rise in iq, due to the complex visual nature and problem solving of the performative video game. but now some experts are also saying that gaming helps you adapt to corporate life. beck and wade surveyed 2,500 business professionals and found strong ties between managerial behavior and playing video games. some of the findings of the survey show that gamers are better risk-takers, show confidence in their abilities, place a high value on relationships and employee input, and think in terms of "winning" when pursuing objectives.
also, chip luman from the charles schwab company's call center headquarters in phoenix, says "the people who play games are into technology, can handle more information, can synthesize more complex data, solve operational design problems, lead change and bring organizations through change.''
professor james paul gee of the university of wisconsin-madison recently did a study of a number of popular video games, and found that some of the games with the most cutting-edge teaching principles involved in them, were also some of the most violent ones, games normally displayed with a "mature" rating.
these findings are also counterintuitive to the recent report that emailing, iming and chatting lowers iq. wait - it's better to play video games than communicate over the internet?
even beyond the corporate profile, gaming helps in numerous ways in the hospital workplace. the associated press reported in december that giving a child a gameboy before surgery could relax children more than tranquilizers. also, dr. james rosser, director of the advanced medical technology institute at beth israel medical center, says that in a study it turned out that gamers performed better at surgery. they were less likely to make mistakes during certain forms of operations and suturing.
perfect. now i can skip my homework and play grand theft auto in peace - after all, maybe it's better for me anyway.
source article at mercury news
idea via future now
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Posted by Jim at 6:28 PM