Hard-Hitting Study Shows People Get Desensitized To Things
from the really dept
Another researcher has set out to link violent video games with violent behavior, and like previous efforts, the "link" found seems tenuous at best. A psychologist says that a study of 39 people that play violent games showed smaller and delayed responses to images of real-life violence, and those people with the biggest drop in response meted out the most virtual punishment on in-game opponents. This research seems fairly problematic. The biggest problem is that of course people become desensitized to things the more they're exposed to them -- but that doesn't mean they act on them. Paramedics probably become desensitized to graphic, violent images of injured people, but that doesn't mean they go out and slice people open so they can take a gander at their guts when they're off duty. The fact that someone may be used to seeing graphic images can't predict their behavior. And what if the people included in the survey were already aggressive or predisposed to violence, or maybe even just watched a lot of graphic horror movies? These studies seem to be confusing correlation and causation, and all go against statistics that show youth violence dropping as video games become more popular.