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li-videogames-584.jpgNew research suggests boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative. (iStock)

Kids and parents alike may be delighted by new research coming out of Michigan State University, which suggests boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative. 

Scholars at Michigan State studied 500 12-year-olds who video games, and discovered they exhibited more creativity when asked to perform tasks like writing and drawing. 

By contrast, the study revealed no link between creativity and the use of technology other than video games, such as cellphones and computers. 

The research is good news for parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of their Xboxes or Wiis, as study participants of both genders exhibited greater creativity after playing games. The results were the same for both violent and nonviolent games. 

Michigan State's research appears in the online research journal Computers in Human Behavior.

Are you more inclined to let your children play video games as a result of these findings? And what additional things are you doing to foster creativity in your kids? Share your comments below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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