Latest Study Shows Violent Video Games Make Kids Emotional
from the shocking dept
It's tough for a month to go by without some new study coming out about the impact of violent video games on kids. Sometimes they say there's no link and sometimes they say there is a link, but almost always, when you look at the details, the studies are terribly done. The more recent trend is to show that right after playing video games, kids have more aggressive thoughts and are desensitized to things -- but none actually show that those aggressive thoughts or desensitization actually lead to violent activity. The latest is no different. Like many of the others it uses a fairly small sample size, and shows that kids playing a "violent" war video game (Medal of Honor) show different MRI brain activity than kids playing a racing game (Need for Speed). Those playing the war game showed that the "emotional" part of their brain was more stimulated -- which, really, when you think about it isn't that surprising. The process in your brain of playing a war video game is quite different than playing a racing video game, and it's not at all surprising that different parts of the brain respond to it. That still doesn't show any impact on how kids actually act. It doesn't sound like this study is a bad one. It sounds fine. And it doesn't look like the researchers are pushing any conclusion beyond exactly what the study told them. However, that won't stop some from using this study to support the idea that violent video games creates violent kids -- when the study says no such thing.