According to a recent study conducted by Oxford University, teenagers who spend their time playing video games are less likely to go to university, whereas those who read are more likely to get a good job.
The study, that targeted 17,000 people who were born in the same week of May 1970, drew the conclusion after comparing the activities they did in their leisure time aged 16 with the jobs they had secured at age 33.
Playing computer games on a regular basis and not having other regular activities meant the chances of going to university for males fell from 24 per cent to 19 per cent, and for females from 20 per cent to 14 per cent.
Mark Taylor, a researcher at Nuffield College, said that the study showed that there was a 39 per cent chance for girls to be in some managerial post at 33, if they had reads books at 16 and only 25 per cent if they had not. For males, the percentage ranged from 58 for those who read often, to 48 per cent for those didn't.
Taylor confessed to thinq_ that, he's "a pretty serious gamer.” He said he's “not fully hardcore” but probably spends four hours a week playing games. He said that plenty of his friends and college peers played games.
According to thinq_, Taylor believes there can be educational value in games. "Education is not just about piece of paper you get at the end of the exercise," he told the web site. If people get something out of gaming then that's fantastic. While playing games might not make you any better at your English A Levels, it might make you more interested in programming.