Creative thinking and expression involves many skills and cognitive abilities, which can be enhanced by all sorts of experiences, even video games.
As reported in a news release, a Michigan State University study concluded that “both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether the games are violent or nonviolent.”
“A study of nearly 500 12-year-olds found that the more kids played video games, the more creative they were in tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories. In contrast, use of cell phones, the Internet and computers (other than for video games) was unrelated to creativity.”
Professor of psychology Linda Jackson, the lead researcher, said the study “may be the first evidence-based demonstration of a relationship between technology use and creativity.”