Researchers "Link" Violent Video Games To Aggression
from the dr-bunsen-and-beaker dept
Somebody call Jack Thompson: researchers from Michigan State say that violent video games cause brain activity characteristic of agression -- or at least it did in 11 young German video gamers they tested. The study looked at the effects of a first-person shooter game on 13 German males between the ages of 18 and 26 that play an average of 15 hours of games a week -- hardly a comprehensive sample, and one made up of subjects that are probably already somewhat aggressively minded. But aggressive thoughts directed at the game itself -- what some might call being engaged by it -- aren't harmful. It's a question of acting on aggressive thoughts outside the game, something the study doesn't touch on. It misses the point: while video games may cause feelings of aggression while they're being played, it's what happens to those feelings afterwards that can become problematic. It seems like most of the instances of violence blamed on video games happen after kids play, not during.