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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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  • An outlet (Score:5, Interesting)

    by WarJolt ( 990309 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @05:38PM (#44700843)

    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.

  • Re:Never agreed... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Synerg1y ( 2169962 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @06:00PM (#44701043)

    People react differently to different things. This shouldn't come as a surprise. For some people violent video games increase stress, for some they lower it. Some people find driving stressful, others find it relaxing. Applying the video game debate to driving: because some drivers have had road rage and have caused accidents as a result some of which led to fatalities, we should ban driving in favor of catching carts driven by those who want to ban violent video games. Any volunteers? (We'd also be contributing to fixing the obesity plague)

  • Re:Never agreed... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dragon-file ( 2241656 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @06:43PM (#44701359)
    This also caries over into music. I've found that when depressed, depressing music actually makes me feel better, which, according to friends and coworkers, is counter intuitive. Apparently they listen to upbeat music when they're down. What's up with that?
  • Re:An outlet (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @06:56PM (#44701461)

    They also take male teens off the streets and put them in their parent's living room, they take their money that could be used for drugs, and they assure them that they have a reduced chance of meeting females who they otherwise may fight over. That's like a quadruple win.

  • Re:Yup... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jonwil ( 467024 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @10:51PM (#44703031)

    For most of the 20th century, every new form of entertainment/recreation/young people hangout was blamed for the ills of society by the older generation.

    I bet the same people blaming violent video games for today's problems probably grew up in an era where their parents and grandparents were rallying against Rock Music and Pinball Parlors and such.

  • Re:Yup... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lgw ( 121541 ) on Wednesday August 28, 2013 @11:17PM (#44703215) Journal

    To steal a quote from Wikipedia [] about my favorite Moral Panic:

    In the 1771 German novel Geschichte des Frauleins von Sternheim by Sophie von La Roche, a high-minded character complains about the newly introduced waltz among aristocrats thus: "But when he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding - then my silent misery turned into burning rage."


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