Study: Video games help improve social skills

Augmented reality encourages gamers to interact with others, researchers say

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Researchers from the University of British Columbia say certain types of video games could help bring gamers "out of their shells," WKMG reports.

During the study scientists found that games like "Pokemon GO" encourage gamers to leave their home and interact with other people. 

Researchers found that those who were successful had stronger social skills, prompting those who want to succeed to be more outgoing. 

The findings were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.