Study Shows a Video Game Console Can Lower Freshman GPAs


A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that college freshman whose roommates have a video game system tend to have lower GPAs due to lost study time. The study’s authors, Todd Stinebrickner and his father, Ralph Stinebrickner, found that these people tended to study an average of 40 minutes less, which translated into a 0.241 drop in GPA. Interestingly enough, the study was not even designed to look at video games, but to see how much study effort can affect grades. However the introduction of a video console did not seem to affect a person’s class attendance, partying, study efficiency, or paid employment; all of which could also affect study time.

This study’s findings seem pretty obvious to me, but that may just be due to my personal experiences. In my dorm, the person who brought the game console? That was me (actually three: PS2, N64, and SNES). And yeah, all three of my roommates played them. We even had some of our friends drop by frequently just to get in on some games. Then we also had a guy in another dorm set up a 24-hour dedicated Counter-Strike server that anyone in the building could hop into. He eventually took it down around finals time, because people’s grades really did start to suffer. It was pretty ridiculous, but a lot of fun.

Via Yahoo! News

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On September 19, 2007 at 3:17 pm

DUH JON, we had so much fun gaming that it’s what I miss most about college. Heartless pwns El Pollo Grande!


On September 19, 2007 at 9:11 pm

I’m sure beer plays more of a role in dropping GPAs