Play violent video games such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto as a child & # 39; WILL NOT make you more aggressive later & # 39 ;, study claims
- The study included interviews with 15,000 Americans throughout their lives
- Researchers say that other factors are probably the cause of increased violence
- The study included four waves of interviews from early teens to early 30s
Violent video games are often accused of being aggressive in real life, but a new study claims that there is no clear link between the two.
Researchers analyzed interviews with more than 15,000 Americans about various aspects of their lives at regular intervals from their early teens to their early thirties.
They discovered that although people who played video games as a child were more likely to fight as an adult, gaming could not be the cause.
Other factors, such as gender and environment, can play just as important a role in people who become violent as adults, the researchers claim.
There is no connection between playing violent video games such as the recently launched Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (photo) as a teenager and an increased chance of becoming violent in later life, discovered the study by Dr. Ward and his team
& # 39; Although the data show that fighting at a later age is related to playing video games as an adolescent, this is mainly because men, compared to women, play games more often and fight more often & # 39 ;, said Dr. Michael Ward of the University of Texas Arlington, who wrote the study.
& # 39; Estimates that determine causality better find no effect or a small negative effect. & # 39;
He added that future studies of violence in video games should investigate other factors that lead to aggressive behavior, rather than assuming that this is directly due to the game itself.
Dr. Ward says only because the data can show that people who play video games, such as Grand Theft Auto (photo), are more likely to fight later in life, that is, the increased chance of fighting is directly linked to the games
& # 39; The development of video games is one of the fastest evolving forms of human expression ever conceived. It is hard for us to imagine the experiences that games have developed over the coming decades, & said Dr. Ward.
& # 39; It would be a shame to unintentionally and unnecessarily suppress this creativity explosion with substantive policy interventions. & # 39;
The study reflects the outcome of a British study of video games and violence that was published earlier in 2019.
The University of Oxford research included talking to 1,000 teenagers and discovered that there were no indications that violent games made them more aggressive or anti-social.
British study lead author, Professor Andrew Przybylski, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University, said: & # 39; The idea that violent video games encourage real aggression is popular, but it has not been tested so well over time.
& # 39; Despite interest from parents and policy makers in the subject, the research has not shown that there is cause for concern. & # 39;
Earlier in 2019, a study by the University of Oxford involved speaking to 1,000 teenagers and discovered that there was no evidence to suggest that violent games made them more aggressive or anti-social
Dr. Ward says it would be a shame to unintentionally and unnecessarily suppress this explosion of creativity with substantive policy interventions. He says that video games such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (photo) are one of the fastest evolving forms of human expression
However, a survey of 17,000 teenagers in Canada, Germany, Japan, and the US revealed a link between aggression and violence in video games.
The lead author of the study, Jay Hull, associate dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshir, said it was possible that games could be a symptom of inherent aggression – rather than a cause.
He said: & # 39; If your children play these games, these games have a distorting effect on right and wrong or they have a twisted sense of right or wrong and therefore they are attracted to these games. Anyway, you have to worry about it. & # 39;
CAN VIDEO GAMES MAKE YOU LESS EMPATHETIC?
In a recent study, researchers looked at the three games that the participants played the most and noticed whether they were of a violent nature (such as the Call of Duty shooting game) or non-violent (such as Fifa).
They followed the brain waves of participants with the help of electroencephalography (EEG).
At the same time, they completed a & # 39; stop signal task & # 39; with male and female faces that looked happy or scared.
The study found that gaming was linked to lower empathy and emotional insensitivity.
Researchers believe this is because it inhibits people's ability to process emotional facial expressions and control their responses.
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