And Now They Say Violence In Video Games Does Create Violent Kids
from the where-are-the-parents? dept
While we were focusing on the question of video games and indoctrination, it looks like the American Psychological Association was going back to the old issue of youth violence and videogames, declaring that there's is absolutely a connection between the two -- despite the fact plenty of studies have shown no such link and the incidents of youth violence appear to have dropped consistently as violent video games have become more popular. The APA's findings weren't based on any new study (in fact, as we noted, the latest study doesn't support their position). Basically, it looks like the APA picked which studies it wanted to believe and completely ignored all the others. Anyone else think it's becoming abundantly clear that either side can come up with some data to support their position on this one? What seems likely, however, is that all of this really misses the point. Whatever impact video games actually have on users, it's likely to be significantly less important one way or the other than many other factors in a kid's life -- such as how their parents have raised them and whatever else is going on in their lives at the time.