Survey Says: Kids Who Play Video Games Get More Aggressive Over Time

October 8, 2012 -

UK papers The Telegraph and the Daily Mail seem to be delighted with a new study from researchers at Brock University in Canada published in the journal Developmental Psychology. The study, which bases its findings on 1,492 adolescents surveyed from eight high schools in Ontario over a four year period. Researchers say that 51 percent of those surveyed were female, while 49 percent were male. Participants were ages 14- to 15-years-old at the start of the study and 17- or 18-years-old at its conclusion.

Researchers asked respondents a series of questions about how much they pushed, shoved, kicked, or punched people who made them angry. They also asked them about their gaming habits. Details on specific questions were not disclosed, nor was information on race, economic status of families, culture, family structure, or other factors that might factor into making children aggressive. Researchers did apparently factor in data related to "gender, parental divorce and marijuana use," but did not disclose any specific data on how they factored it into the study.

"The current study is the first to demonstrate a relation between sustained violent video game play and the progression of aggressive behavior," said Lead researcher Professor Teena Willoughby. "It is clear that there is a long-term association between violent video games and aggression. This is an important and concerning finding, particularly in light of the hours that youth spend playing these games."

Source: Business Insider

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I'm 31 and I recall my father believing this nonsense when I was 12 playing Mortal Combat. (Mother knew it for the moral panic that it is and bought me it anyways.)

If you are highly competitive you become more aggressive. If you mainly stick to coop games you instead work better with others. It's hard to compute this idea when you WANT to find the answer you seek from your results. (Do these people NOT recall how comic books were "destroying" their morals in their youth as they do these studies?)

Now that I think about it, I was VERY violent in my single digits, but I never got in another fight again after I got my first good PC which I played violent video games on. (I.E. Doom)

Another Generation, another moral panic....It'll never end.

 

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Gosh I should be a raving murderer by now then. I've been playing video games in my spare time since I was very young and I am 43 now. Wait... I'm not a murdering psychopath. I am a well adjusted citizen with a family just like most other gamers my age.

I don't know how other scientists take these guys seriously when the same old story keeps being wrong.

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"Details on specific questions were not disclosed, nor was information on race, economic status of families, culture, family structure, or other factors that might factor into making children aggressive."

So basically... they forgot to do science with their science? useless report is useless.

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Meh it couldn't be that as they get older they find out how shitty life is an poorly vent thier seething rage at the world.


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I wonder how much of this is just another example of bad science reporting.   I was able to find at least one paper by the author and it stated that competition in video games 'produced' greater levels of aggression, which would actually dovetail pretty cleanly with competition increasing aggressive behavior across the board.

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I really liked Bully (first guide I ever wrote for IGN as a matter of fact) and would welcome a sequel.

 

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