BYU Says Video Games Are Very, Very, Very Bad For You

from the very,-very,-very dept

Just as some new research has come out suggesting that there's no causal link between video games and real world violence, wouldn't you know that some researchers at Brigham Young University would put out a report claiming that video games are bad for you in many, many different ways. Game Politics notes that it's no coincidence this report is coming out just as the state of Utah is looking to introduce new legislation regulating video games (just like regulations that have wasted tax payer money and been thrown out in state after state after state).

This study didn't focus on violence, necessarily, but looked at a variety of different factors between gamers and non-gamers and found out that video gamers came out worse on every single factor. So, according to the study, gamers have worse relationships with friends and family, lower self-esteem, and... they're more likely to smoke pot. At least the study's author preached a bit of moderation in response:
Everything we found associated with video games came out negative... [But] I don't want parents to go out and yank all video games. It's like TV. We have to choose what's good and bad and practice moderation.
Could have been worse... but the results still seem pretty questionable.


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    James, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:45am

    no causality

    Finding a link doesn't imply the direction of causality. I read this as, "potheads are more likely to play games," and I wouldn't need research to tell me that. :-p

     

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      TheDock22, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:03am

      Re: no causality

      I totally agree with this one. You automatically have to throw out the data that says "has bad relationship with family and friends" if the subject smokes pot, as that usually happens with any drug addict.

      Another point of contention I have with these studies is how they define friend. I play games all the time with my friends...who may live in other states or countries. We IM and email outside of the game too, so what is to say that friendship is any less real then the people I go grab drink with after work?

       

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    Gamer, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:45am

    Backwards

    No, people who are bad with relationships and smoke pot are more likely to play video games, not the other way around!

     

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    jonnyq, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:49am

    "Brigham Young University would put out a report claiming that video games are bad for you"...

    And television.

    And caffeine.

    And boxers.

     

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      B, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:09am

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      How can you joke about that? Do you know how many boxer related deaths there were last year in the US alone!? They are truly the most dangerous of undergarments.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:34am

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        Please let me know your office address so I may send you a bill for a new keyboard and monitor. I just snarfed coffee out of my nose all over everything after reading your post!

        Good job!

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:05am

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          Darn!

          Please let me know your office address so I may send you a bill for a new keyboard and monitor. I just snarfed coffee out of my nose all over everything after reading your post!

          Good job!

           

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    Matt, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:49am

    Danger! Terror! Watch out! Eh, whatever...

    Nice.

    They basically come out and say, "Yeah, video games will rot your brain, make your testicles shrink, get you hooked on 'the marijuana,' give you bad breath, make you kill your parents and your dog... But everything in moderation!"

    This is like telling you that cyanide is bad, but then saying that a couple of drops will satisfy that almond craving that you're having.

    Another case of academia with an agenda, trying to cater (or engineer) their results to appease the "but what about the children" set.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:41am

      Re: Danger! Terror! Watch out! Eh, whatever...

      You forgot the part where playing games will teach your Labrador Dog to pee on you as you sleep.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:23am

      Re: Danger! Terror! Watch out! Eh, whatever...

      Actually, most humans have trace amounts of cyanide in their bodies at any given time.....moderation

       

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    PaulT (profile), Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:05am

    Considering the source, I'm not surprised at the results of the focus of the study nor the timing.

    It also fails miserably at identifying causality. Are the video gamers more likely to smoke pot (and what's wrong with that in moderation anyway apart from that pesky legality thing?), or are pot smokers more likely to play video games than any other activity? Did that mean that TV made more people smoke pot 20 years ago, or were the smokers just stoned in from of the TV instead of games when games weren't so common?

    The same with everything else... are people bad with relationships because they play games, or do they just play more games because they haven't got a girlfriend to spend the time with instead? Do people have low self esteem because of games, or do they play games more than they participate in outside activities because they've got low self-esteem to begin with?

    As ever, an incomplete, biased and inconclusive "study" that will still no doubt attract a lot of thoughtless parroting by biased media parties and opportunistic politicians.

     

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      ClarkW, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:49am

      The study didn't not seek to establish causality.

      I just took a close look at the abstract and, not surprisingly, the study claims none of the things that the press (including TechDirt here) are claiming it says.

      It sought only to explore correlations, and pretends no causality at this point. If I still had access to journal databases, I'd like to take a closer look. But I suspect that the only bias I'd find is that of the tech press (and many commenters here) against any and all things which might possibly disagree with what they hold precious.

      That and the rabid anti-Mormon bias, of course. But it's okay to hate Mormons nowadays, right? Did we already change from hating black people, Jews, and gays to hating Mormons, Latinos, and Muslims?

       

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    Angry Gamer, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:13am

    a boi yoi yoi

    Hokay.... Its not my fault that your family was not raised on Grand Theft Auto, because I was. I am currently in law school and make straight A's. If you ever want to 1V1 me then call 1-256-613-7350. If kids didn't suck so much at video games then they wouldn't have terrible self-esteem. That scenario applies to all things in life. If someone does badly in school then they will have low self-esteem. If anyone has trouble keeping up with seven wives (referring to you), then they would have low self esteem.



    P.S.
    Mormon fags

    P.S.S.
    1V1

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:58am

      Re: a boi yoi yoi

      FOR A GOOD TIME CALL 1-256-613-7350

       

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      AOP, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:20am

      Re: a boi yoi yoi

      Bigot.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:09am

      Re: a boi yoi yoi

      Hmm, are you sure you get straight A's in law school? Your post seems to indicate otherwise. You obviously have trouble forming a logical argument, and make contradictory statement (i.e. saying someone has 7 wives and then calling them a fag in the same post). Maybe you should consider another profession...

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:32am

      Re: a boi yoi yoi

      So, because you get straight A's, video games must be good for you. Nice logic, and way to be tolerant of others' beliefs. The hatred spewed by you is what helps gives rise to the bad name that lawyers get.

       

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      chris, Oct 14th, 2010 @ 9:54am

      Re: a boi yoi yoi

      no need to be a jackass. mormons haven't done polygamy for over a hundred years. you say you go to law school and get good grades, yet you can't come up with anything outside of an extremely outdated and irrelevant insult. i'd say its more likely that you're some butthurt teenager that doesn't like to hear that video games aren't the best thing you could do with your time.

       

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    from the other way around department, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:17am

    has any one involved in this study thought of this way?
    instead of blaming games for such "bad attributes", maybe those "bad attributes" are the reason why those ppl play games in the first place.

    i know what i said above makes it sound like gaming is a plague or something but that is not what im trying to say.

    what im trying to say is:
    im willing to accept the data he is giving us (for the sake of argument), which leads me to question how he is interpreting them.

    He compared gamers to non gamers, and he decided that is the only 2 differences between the two groups.

    how about taking a group of non gamers doing the same study on them once that is done let them start gaming and monitor there progress. if what he states in his article is correct those "model citizen" will turn to very very bad ppl.

    in fact I bet if a study like im talking about is ever done the subjects will either not enjoy gaming, or the post-gaming studies will give the same results as the pre-gaming studies.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:21am

    Well its Utah...

    In Utah, you can't by pornography in stores. You have to mail order or order online. Legally, you can't buy Playboy or Hustler in a store in Utah.

    I imagine the same thing will happen to video games there. You'll have to mail order, or order online.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:28am

      Re: Well its Utah...

      Wow! You must be right.....pornography and video games are going to cure the world of all it's ills.

       

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    Rick Sarvas, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:25am

    damed if you do...

    Ah yes, but if the gaming industry were to commission a report, I'm sure it could easily be shown that kids spending outside (and NOT playing video games) had higher incidences of bumps, bruises, broken limbs, and even...OMG...death!

     

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    Logan, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:25am

    games can increase your intelligence

    My son was brought up with games from an early age, by the time he was 12 he had the reading age of a 16 year old, thanks to Tony Hawk and other games. He plays them in moderation and it doesnt stop him comunicating! Ive played games most of my 35years on this planet and havent gone round shooting anyone yet.

    Its just another excuse for these researchers to validate the next years grant

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:26am

    Whom do I believe?!

    "Everything we found associated with video games came out negative"

    I remember another University researching video games and found EVERYTHING to be positive. Being that *most* things in life aren't inherently bad for a person, I will side with the "it must be good" group.

    In other news, people who breathe air are more likely to get lung cancer. On a related topic, people who are alive are more likely to have something bad happen to them than people who are not alive. We recommend not doing anything, especially breathing, and hopefully you will not live long enough to have something bad happen to you.

    Seems not breathing can kill people, make sure you breathe a lot to compensate for use telling you not to breathe.

    OMG! panic! breathing a lot can cause you to faint, stop breathing!

     

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    Bradley Stewart, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:31am

    ARE OUR POLITICIANS AT IT AGAIN?

    Don't these people have anything better to do than constantly pandering to their constitutants. I have listened to a lot of these Congresional Hearings. These people have no idea what they are talking about. The only reason that they talk about things like this is because they figure it will pick them up some votes in the next election.

     

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    Overcast, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:32am

    In Utah, you can't by pornography in stores. You have to mail order or order online. Legally, you can't buy Playboy or Hustler in a store in Utah.

    But you can have 5 wives!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:38am

    Mormons don't agree with science... no surprises here.

     

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      Yakko Warner, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:12am

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      Bigoted anti-Mormon statement posted anonymously. No surprise there.

      I'm a Mormon, and I agree with science. I also play a lot of videogames. So there. :P

       

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        sf suave, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:56am

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        I'm sorry Yakko, but citicising someone for hiding behind an anonymous comment doesn't really hold water when you yourself use an alias (as I have). Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with comment, just don't think you're in a position to criticise the anonymous poster for being just as anonymous as you.

        With regard to the study, all they have achieved is to prove the point they set out to prove in the first place. Anyone who has ever done any kind of research into human behaviour knows that you must select a test group that comprises elements from as wide and varied a cross-section of society as possible. Only that way can you get anything like a true "result". Selecting these college kids "may" support their claims, however, only so far as they can be applied to this element of society. Ergo - college kids are more likely to play video games and smoke pot - d'uh

         

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          Yakko Warner, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:27am

          Re: Re: Re:

          I'll submit that, since I use this alias consistently, it's less anonymous than simply not providing one at all.

          However, your point is taken. ;)


          My opinion on the study has already been adequately expressed by others' comments all over this, though; I think they went into this study with a whole lot of bias, and their sample set was selected to confirm that bias.

           

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    Pwned, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:44am

    Fail

    I'm an avid video game player who has grown up around gaming my entire life. I have never smoked pot, never been fat, and never once thought of killing my parents. I'm also and ivy league MBA with a wife, job, and home at age 25. I have plenty of friends and good relationships.

    Sadly, this study is done with obvious political and potentially religious agenda. The number of fallacies in the methods used is unbelievable. First of all, they never defined the parameters. One persons definition of "worse" or "better" is different than anothers. Loose terms without definition only help to sway a study towards the hypothesis of the giver. The little disclaimer at the end was priceless. If video games were truly harmful, like smoking for example, and this study was so foolproof that it showed that, then why not get the government regulations on the way! Unless of course your study isn't entirely conclusive and you did it to further your academic career on a media hot-button as well as pursue a religious and political agenda with an oddly convenient upcoming court trial. This degree of academic mediocrity and so called "study" is ridiculous and any judge or jury that would use this study as evidence is being brainwashed. Any person who would believe is pre-biased, and any lawyer who would use this study is normal. (Little law joke there, kidding, sort of.)

    To make this study even MORE sad, THEY ONLY INTERVIEWED COLLEGE STUDENTS. 100% of which were unmarried and living outside their parents home with an average age of 20!! Well now, I wonder if thats a point in normal human behavior at which family relationships, pot smoking, and lowered grades are at peaks ANYWAY! What has been done is essentially taking the most wayward part of most humans lives and assigned a video game moto on top of it as the blame. College kids have free time, they are going to do irresponsible stuff with it. Its the first time alone where they are responsible, they are going to abuse it. It's part of the process. No way should this hotbed of experimentation be used for a rational study, especially on human behavior in regards to a stimulus, in this case, video games.

    FAIL.

     

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    Matt, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:53am

    Stupid linkage

    Many of those factors could easily be confounds for the others.

    Bad relationship with family --> could be a result of drug use, could be a result of low self-esteem, etc.

    As said before, video games seem to be a choice of people with low-self confidence and who are socially withdrawn because they can interact with people without having that face-to-face interaction that gets their heart racing and throat closing up. I've always been taught to look at how they did the study, and ask questions, and there are a ton of big questions that come from this. Show me 10 kids who play video games that are pot smokers, and I'll show you 50 who play video games and are not smokers. Bad study trying to prove a preconceived idea from the get-go

     

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    ConceptJunkie (profile), Jan 26th, 2009 @ 7:58am

    Unbiased study?

    I'll believe the results of this study are unbiased the same day I believe the results of BYU's archaeology department are unbiased, i.e., never.

     

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    anonymous coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:10am

    video games are the devil

     

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    anonymous coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:11am

    video games are the devil

    not only will video games make you smoke pot, but they also give you hairy palms and make you go blind

     

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    Spacemanbob, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:17am

    Crazy....

    I play video games...MMO's to be exact. I spend time on them, talking to people and have developed some nice friendships with them. Hmmmm.... I also have friends in town that I go and visit with at least two weekends a month and have a wonderful relationship with them. Per women. Well, I am not seeing anyone right now but that is my choice since I am setting some priorities to get in shape first. I also ride mountain bikes 20 miles once or twice a month, Hike with friends... Hmmm

    I guess I need to smoke pot to understand why he thinks it is so bad for you.

    Idiot.............

     

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    Mr. Nosuch, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 8:56am

    Replace "video games" with "internet" and rerelease report for more headlines/grants/attention. Rinse, repeat.

    Honestly, stupidity causes more problems than anything else for humans, but it's perfectly legal. Go figure.

     

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    Superfli95, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:23am

    Mormon Bashing

    ...and the Mormon bashing begins...

    Some of you act like BYU is the first and only place where a study on the bad effects of video games has been published...

    I have to echo the response here on the forum...I think these sorts of studies are stupid and legislation limiting the use or sale of video games would be counter productive. It is the same sort of logic that is applied to all sorts of other legislation. Basically, these laws say, "People are stupid and have no control over there own actions, so we should force them to live the way we deem 'best'." Examples of such legislation: If you eat a lot of fast food, you get fat and suffer ill effects of being overweight = we should outlaw fast food (or tax the crap out of it), some murderous jerks kill people = lets take guns, knives, and all 'dangerous' objects away from EVERYBODY, then you got the people who want to limit internet use and video games based on similar 'logic'.

    This crap is nothing new. Its been around forever. Usually its done by vindictive people who want popularity or power. Hitler blamed Germany's problems on Jews. Today's politicians blame -fill in the blank here- (big business, video games, internet, global warming) for all our current problems.

     

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    Buzz, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:27am

    I am a Mormon myself, but dang, I hate it when BYU does stuff like this. This is clearly fueled by an agenda of mothers frustrated with kids playing too many video games. "Maybe if we get some scientific study of how bad games are, I can ban it for health reasons, just like I ban cigarettes and alcohol."

    When are people going to learn? ANYTHING in excess is bad. I am a video game expert. In fact, I am studying to one day have a job in game development. Meanwhile, I have been married for more than two years, and I now have a baby girl. Yup, I'm really screwed up.

     

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    An Academic, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:29am

    BYU not really academia

    One comment left so far tried to link the BYU research with academic research. BYU is one of the most academically-restrictive universities to work for in the country. Besides the mandated religious litmus test for students and staff, they also have no problem of firing professors who step outside their values box. So please don't try to relate their "study" with true studies at academic institutions, it insults true scientifically based research everywhere.

     

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      Freshe-Bakked, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:54pm

      Re: BYU not really academia

      It's funny how BYU is noted or seems to have such a litmus test framed within beliefs of the staff, teachers, professors and (most) students, and it's painted as a "bad" thing...and you can also have a left-wing/neo-socialist/communist litmus test in places like UC Berkeley, where you'll get run-out of CalBerkeley if you don't walk in lock-step to their agenda as well.

      Pot - Meet Kettle

       

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    fasat, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:32am

    BYU is a joke. There is no way to prove this as a causal link. Two types of lies, white lies and statistics.

     

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    Jesse, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:39am

    You could probably find problems with people who read books all the time, or who study until they can study no more. Perhaps we should ban university.

    "People in university are more likely to smoke pot! Burn the universities"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:51am

    GAMES ARE BAD

    They lead to the devastating precursor to gum disease known as G I N G I V I T I S!!!!

    A little Family Guy humor to take the edge off another ridiculous study that wastes time and money and causes us to slip ever closer to total socialism and government control in this country. WHOOPEE!

     

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    Superfli95, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 9:51am

    P.S.

    Mormons don't agree with science... no surprises here.

    What? I happen to be Mormon and a PhD in EEE with background in Physics. I spent part of my education at BYU. Are you truly serious? Or is that just the bigot speaking inside you?

    by jonnyq - Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:49am

    "Brigham Young University would put out a report claiming that video games are bad for you"...

    And television.


    A Mormon invented TV...

    And caffeine. I'll admit some zealots might say caffeine is prohibited by our doctrine, but it's not.

    And boxers. I don't know what this means so I will cover my bases: #1 Go Miguel Cotto!! #2 Those(when well trained) are nice dogs. #3 Comfortable undergarment. What about any of these am I not suppose to like?

     

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    Xiera, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:00am

    It's already been said (and in the first post, no less), but it deserves repetition: Correlation does not imply causation! That these people are college professors and college students (presumably), it's especially shocking that they would be so easily caught in a blatantly obvious logical fallacy.

     

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    Cory, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:04am

    What I want is a big rubber stamp with "Correlation Is Not Causality" that I can use every time one of these crap reports comes out.

     

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    Gabe, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:30am

    Well that's just because video games are that much more AWESOME when you're high. Next-gen graphics, great gameplay, idleness, and pot are a good combo.

    Some people take it "too far," and turn it into a lifestyle. Others are well-adjusted because they choose to have better things to do.

    So uh, freedom of choice?

     

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    The Lecturer, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:35am

    Reefer Madness....reefer madness...

    It's time for parents to take a stand for the preservation of this great land. Till the things that scare us are burned or banned, or smashed to smithereens! And once the reefer has been destroyed, we'll start on Darwin and Sigmund Freud, and sex depicted on celluloid, and communists and queens!
    When danger's near, exploit their fear! The end will justify the means!

    Reefer madness....reefer madness...Creeping like a communist, it's knocking at our doors, turning all our children into hooligans and whores!

     

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    asdf, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:40am

    I'm an avid gamer, probably 4 hours a day unless something more important comes up. I don't smoke, drink, do any sort of drugs. I get 3.0+ grades, and have a high paying job for just getting out of school, and even a longtime gf. Not to brag of course.

    This study is full of failure. "lets make a study and ignore all the exceptions"

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:42am

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      Understood. But couldn't 4 hours, everyday, be put to better use? I use to play games a lot, but the reality, for me, is that they can be a huge waste of time.

       

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        Spectere, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 3:01am

        Re: Re:

        But couldn't 4 hours, everyday, be put to better use?

        The quality of a given activity is purely subjective. Just because you feel that spending a few hours on video games isn't a good use of time doesn't mean that others don't find them relaxing, exciting, or engaging.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 10:47am

    Arrrr!

    Utah is a fucking horrible state. The only quality export they have is Maddox, and even that has been lacking as of lately.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 12:45am

      Re: Arrrr!

      Good people, healthy economy, healthy people, beautiful lakes, mountains, and awesome skiing......horrible????

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 11:06am

    Since many people go to games when their IRL life already sucks (poor relationships, low self esteem, etc), I wonder how much of this is 'cause' rather then 'effect'.



    edited to add:

    Ok, it looks like the researcher was explicit in saying that this is correlation NOT causation and that more research would be needed to dig into that issue. I quote:

    The study didn't allow Jensen and Walker to determine whether video games are drawing college-age adults away from social settings or if they are a way for those already struggling with relationships to spend their time. Walker guesses both are at play.

    Looking over it, this really is not a bad study and I think people are overreacting to it. This is a pure gathering data piece and does not claim to show causation, prove anything, or even claim which dirrection the connections go in.

    I think many of the reactions in this thread make gamers look pretty bad actually. Someone finds some negative connections and people immediatly jump to the conclusion that it is BS. This is no better then when JT picks which ones to believe and which ones to dismiss as not fitting with his world view.

     

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    Lucretious, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 1:01pm

    From the same folks who beleive a guy named John Smith was a prophet in upstate New York.

    *goes back to playing Call of Duty 5*

     

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    GHynson, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 2:31pm

    Researchers,..

    Are more likely not to get laid then gamers too,..
    Put that in your researche papers.

     

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    Thomas, Jan 26th, 2009 @ 6:31pm

    WTF says that,,,

    Older people tend to blame what they do not understand on technology.. "its the root of all evil". Its a total stereotype, and any real study would be able to see past the fact that its not the games that are distroying the lives (I'm not saying that pot distroys lives) Its the distroyed lives playing games.. (although I have had more then a dozen good friends who I used to see on a daily basis who purchased the game Evercrack and were never to be seen again in public). It was weird as one by one they all vanished exactly on the day they purchased the game,, This strange phenomon spooked me so much that I never purchased the game.. (This story is from my actual life and not a episode of the Twilight Zone).. Spooky eh,, (I bet a lot of you could relate to this very story).. Don't get me wrong here, as Playing video games has its own inner society and is very healthy as unlike in the real life you can MUTE, you can BLOCK USER, and in some cases you can even ban them from the world all together,, I bet theres a lot of you non gamers who would love to do this in real life... Perm Ban from the bar you abnoxious DRUNK, Or Banned from the highway for life..

     

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    Mr. Anon, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 6:18am

    BYU

    BYU is bad for you in many, many ways.

    Going there causes your mind to rot, encourages anti-social behavior, and in general results in the brain-washing of anyone unfortunate enough to go there, until they are nothing more than mindless religious zealot zombies with no comprehension of life in the real world.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2009 @ 12:13pm

      Re: BYU

      That's right, because every BYU grad I know lives in their parents basement with the doors locked, misspelling quotations from religious martyrs and planning their next suicide attack.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2009 @ 9:43am

    The headline in no way accurately reflects what it was the authors were actually researching and the conclusions drawn by the them. Comparing it with another study directed to an entirely different issue is surely apples-to-oranges.

     

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    biased video gamer, Jan 31st, 2009 @ 11:00pm

    Correlation != causation

    Like people have commented above, correlations of violence from video games is not the same as saying it causes violence. People need to learn to look at the studies and not trust everything they hear/read.

     

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    VGW, Apr 11th, 2009 @ 10:29pm

    Defensive Gamers

    First off....Why are gamers so damn defensive every time someone brings this topic up? It is okay for people to have a difference of opinion.

    I'm really undecided about this topic and kinda believe that gaming in moderation is fine. On the other hand moderation has a different definition for everyone. I get annoyed with my husband when he is playing video games instead of hanging out with his family.

    I'd like to know how many gamers have families? and do your significant others ever get annoyed with your habit of video gaming? If not, how do you balance out your time?

    Also, my husband definitely isn't violent and doesn't smoke pot. However, I think the self-esteem point is dead on and the habit has obviously strained his relationship with others.

     

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    The devil himself, May 5th, 2009 @ 6:55am

    The only way things like this are ever going to go away is if one group of people in this argument die.There I said it.Not that i'm incouraging people to kill other people i'm just saying that it's damn near impossible to convince someone to change their beliefs.it's impossible to get someone to change their beliefs because usually they are just using those beliefs to give themselves an excuse to cover up their own personal feelings on a matter.example, people who are anti gay.they usually say stuff like it's wrong because god says it's wrong right?But this does not apply across the board.God says having sex before marraige is wrong but they don't turn people who commit adultery into social pariahs.You know why?because they don't find it disgusting.You see for some odd reason people have to validate their hatred and intolerance.The real reason anti gay people don't like gays is not because god says it's wrong, but simply that they thinks it's disgusting no other reason.The reason anti video game people don't like video games is because they think it's weird.Everything they do stems from trying to validate this feeling.This applies to everybody on both sides of the equation.beliefs are just are way of rationalizing and defending our fellings against those of other people.So what i'm saying is you might as well get used to dealing with people like jack thompson because they are going to be around for a long time and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them.

     

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    Ken Smith, Jun 22nd, 2009 @ 11:06pm

    in moderation

    Well, I think games played in moderation will do you no harm so there's nothing to worry about, right? These video games can actually alleviates stress, they can serve as brain exercise thus improving your memory and they can help you cope up in this time of financial crisis, check this article http://www.articlesbase.com/video-games-articles/wow-gold-saves-the-day-how-rmt-helped-a-starving-st udent-985669.html and you'll see what I'm talking about. :)

     

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    NuttyNuts, Jun 23rd, 2009 @ 12:06am

    As a parent...

    I think as a parent, I'd rather have my child be addicted to games which I have the control over with rather than my kid be involved in drugs. I have the power to monitor my kid's computer usage compared to him using drugs behind my back. I have read an article - http://www.feelgr8.co.uk/articles/31339.html wherein it was discussed a game helped a student in his financial crisis in real life and it somewhat gave me a new outlook in games.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 10th, 2011 @ 8:56am

    ive noticed a lot of morons seem to like making stuff up about mormons. just ignore their stupidity and move on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 10th, 2011 @ 8:57am

    no need to be a jackass. mormons haven't done polygamy for over a hundred years. you say you go to law school and get good grades, yet you can't come up with anything outside of an extremely outdated and irrelevant insult. i'd say its more likely that you're some butthurt teenager that doesn't like to hear that video games aren't the best thing you could do with your time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2011 @ 10:07am

    for real its healthy

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 10:50am

      Re:

      video games are helthy for you in many ways and this website is one sided some video games improve your reflexes so it realy is healthy

       

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