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Study Suggests Violent Video Games May Make Teens Less Violent 120

barlevg writes "A new paper is out in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence which shows no positive correlation between playing violent video games and acts of aggression. The study of 377 children with attention deficit and depressive symptoms in fact showed a slight negative correlation between video game-playing and aggressive behavior such as bullying, which the researchers posit is due to the games awarding some measure of catharsis. The full paper is available online (PDF)."
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Study Suggests Violent Video Games May Make Teens Less Violent

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  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @05:53PM (#44700969) Homepage Journal

    Games are a good outlet for stress and frustration. I'd argue a game is a constructive activity as there are things you can learn from video games.
    Of course they make people less violent.


    I found many games to increase my stress level to the point I can actually hear red corpuscles whistling through the capillaries in my cranium.

    and once I finished getting them unpackaged, installed and running my stress level went even higher

  • by sconeu ( 64226 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @05:56PM (#44701009) Homepage Journal

    In other news, Jack Thompson's body was found in Florida. Apparently his head had exploded. A copy of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence was found on his desk.

  • by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @06:20PM (#44701169)

    When "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" was released, there was a noticeable drop in real world crime for several weeks. The most plausible explanation was that the potential criminals were at home playing.

    Followed by several weeks of elevated crime, as the potential criminals finished the game and were now inspired to shoot seagulls, dine and dash, rob hookers, then pimp them, then drive them across town at break neck speeds in stolen cars, and spray painting graffitti, all the while dealing with that annoying cousin who keeps phoning them with another job he should just do himself?

    Oh, and Starbucks noted an increase in the sales of hot coffee. :p

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