The Globe and Mail recently posted an article that says playing Video Games, like being bilingual, protects young people against cognitive decline. The way it works: gamers are better than non-gamers at shutting out distractions to focus on a task. The researchers took a group of 100 college students, and gave them a bunch of tricky mental tests. Gamers consistently scored higher, and bilingual gamers (como nosotros!) pwnd*
I actually found about this through our friends at Slashdot. When I say friends, I mean the cool kids in high school that barely gave me the head nod when I said "hey, where are the cool parties this weekend?"
*The article actually reads "If they also happened to be bilingual, they were unbeatable."