Social interactions required for academic success?

When I was younger, I didn’t have many friends. At home, my life was on the computer. I locked myself in my room for countless hours at a time. I spent a good portion of my early to middle teens surfing the internet and playing video games. I feared social interaction and found pleasure in my games. I traded social interactions with NPC interactions and game saves. While I don’t regret my lifestyle choices, those choices hindered me somewhat in college. What I didn’t know was that a better family environment and social interactions would increase productivity in school.

Alone in a Crowd
Sometimes, even being surrounded by people, you feel alone. Photo from WordPress.com.

Oxford has issued a report that shows that social interactions factor into determining how successful someone is in their educational performance. Researchers from the school’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention studied children ages 13 to 15 and found that social interactions had a strong effect on the kid’s performance. Their social background was found to have a strong impact on their abilities as well as their parent’s social class and status.

Researchers have pointed to two significant factors in what they found. The first factor states that even if intelligence is predetermined genetically, the child’s family environment and resources play significant roles in how well they do. The second factor states that children with higher ability, but with poor social backgrounds, would be unable to realize their full potential. Dr. Erzebet Bukodi states that a child with parents who have a higher education can determine how well a child will perform in later years.

The impact of a child’s social development is imperative for a productive life in terms of the child’s surrounding. The interactions with others help hone the skill necessary to proceed with the improvement of those interactions used later in life. It can help dealing with viewing other’s viewpoints rather than being conceded and the lack of the development can attribute to symptoms seen in Asperger patients.

Moral of the story? Let your kids have a good family and social life.

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