Video games not linked to violent behavior, study shows


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A meta-analysis of research going back over a decades shows that playing video games does not lead to violent behavior.

The meta-analysis (examining a bulk of pre-existing research to draw conclusions) covered more than 28 separate studies dating back to 2008 probing for links between aggressive behavior and video games and was led by Aaron Drummond of New Zealand's Massey University.

The researchers acknowledge that the bundled research does show a positive correlation between gaming and aggression, but the effect is so little as to fail to meet the criteria even as a "small effect". Furthermore, the study found that there is no accumulative effect from smaller changes in temperament after gaming sessions over the long term.

"The current research is unable to support the hypothesis that violent video games have a meaningful long-term predictive impact on youth aggression," the report said.



Board Mommy
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I always thought it was the other way around: violent video games don't make normal people violent, but violent people are more attracted to violent video games.