Games cause violence?: Violent Video Game Study

Published: August 18, 2015

Games cause violence?: Violent Video Game Study, Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour.

A review of almost a decade of studies found that exposure to violent video games was a “risk factor” for increased aggression.

But the same team of experts said there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the influence of games such as Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto led to criminal acts.

The findings have prompted a call for more parental control over violent scenes in video games from the American Psychological Association (APA).

The original version of Doom, released in 1993, was widely controversial for its unprecedented levels of graphic violence A report from the APA task force on violent media concludes: “The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.”

The report said no single influence led a person to act aggressively or violently. Rather, it was an “accumulation of risk factors” that resulted in such behaviour.

It added: “The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor.”

The APA has urged game creators to increase levels of parental control over the amount of violence video games contain.

At a meeting in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month the association’s ruling council also called for a video game rating system that took more notice of violence and for games to be more appropriate to players’ age and psychological development.

Dr Mark Appelbaum, who chaired the APA task force, said: “Scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence.

“However, the link between violence in video games and increased aggression in players is one of the most studied and best established in the field.

“We know that there are numerous risk factors for aggressive behaviour.

Games cause violence?: Violent Video Game Study

Games cause violence?: Violent Video Game Study


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