The finding challenges prior research endorsed by prominent organizations including the American Psychological Association. Investigators from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf say the study is the first to investigate the effects of long-term violent video game play. Researchers compared the video-game experience with playing a life simulation game or not playing a video game at all.
Do Violent Games Boost Aggression?
Sean DShutterstock Children who play violent video games may experience an increase in aggressive thoughts, which in turn, could boost their aggressive behavior, a controversial new study conducted in Singapore suggests.
In the study, children ages 8 to 17 who played a lot of violent video games showed an increase in aggressive behavior — such as hitting, shoving and pushing — three years later, compared to their behavior at the study start.
Meanwhile, those who decreased the amount of time they spent playing violent video games saw a decrease in aggressive behavior, the researchers said.
They were also more likely to see aggressive behavior as an appropriate way to respond to provocation, Anderson said. However, experts not involved with the study say that the research has flaws, and does not add anything meaningful to the debate over whether violent video games increase aggressionwhich has been a contentious issue.
They also say that other researchers should be allowed to analyze the data, to see if they find the same result. Study criticism Studies on whether violent video games lead to aggression in children have been mixed: One issue is that the study asked only the children themselves to rate the violence of their video gameswhich could bias the results, Ferguson said.
Ferguson noted that despite increases in violent games, movies and television programs in recent decades, youth violence has not increased. Andrew Przybylski, a social scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, agreed, saying the new study is "weakened by analytical shortcomings that make it difficult for me to assess where it fits in the debate.
This is important because researchers have debated whether video games really increase aggressive behavior more than other factors, such as substance abuse, or even just having siblings, Przybylski said.
What can parents do? If the data were shared "then everyone would be looking at the same facts, instead of just trading relatively ideologically driven opinions," Przybylski said. Follow Rachael Rettner RachaelRettner. Original article on Live Science.Following the horrible tragedy in CT, I have heard many people commenting on the dangers of violent video games and how they can increase aggression, anger, etc., in those individuals who play them.
German researchers have discovered that playing violent action adventure games for prolonged periods does not make adults more aggressive.
The finding challenges prior research endorsed by. It showed that kids who repeatedly play violent video games learn to think in aggressive ways that can eventually influence their behavior. For the study, researchers tracked more than 3, children in 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades for 3 years.
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