Skip to comments.Negative Effects of Violent Video Games May Build Over Time (first long tern study)
Posted on 12/15/2012 2:03:45 PM PST by drewh
A new study suggests a dose-response relationship among playing violent video games and aggressive and hostile behavior, with negative effects accumulating over time.
Investigators discovered people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. They also found that those who played nonviolent games showed no meaningful changes in aggression or hostile expectations over that period.
Although other experimental studies have shown that a single session of playing a violent video game increased short-term aggression, this is the first study to show long-term effects from playing violent video games, said psychologist Dr. Brad Bushman, co-author of the study.
Its important to know the long-term causal effects of violent video games, because so many young people regularly play these games, Bushman said.
Playing video games could be compared to smoking cigarettes. A single cigarette wont cause lung cancer, but smoking over weeks or months or years greatly increases the risk. In the same way, repeated exposure to violent video games may have a cumulative effect on aggression.
Study results are published online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and will appear in a future print edition.
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Seems somewhat similar to the theory of “Violentization” by Criminologist Lonnie Athens.
Except by proxy.
Screw the video games BS. These quack psychiatrists looking for a reason why this happened need to look in the mirror. What prescribed psychotropic medications was Lanza taking?
Anytime anyone suggests that violence in movies, or in video games desensitizes the culture towards violence, the Hollywood crowd leaps to defend their craft. First Amendment and all that.
But there exists a multi-trillion dollar worldwide industry that does influence behavior through the use of moving pictures, art, photographs, sound, and words.
Its called advertising.
Negative effects of living life sans Judeo-Christian morality and faith has devastating effect sooner than later. Listening to the psychologists who think “gay” is not a mental disorder makes it worse faster.
There needs to be a study on the effects of Doctors dispensing brain altering drug,s like they were candy, to adults,teens, and children.
let’s not confuse first-person-shooter video games with computer strategy (from squad level through corps level)wargames. but the clips instead of magazines crowd won’t understan the distinction anyway.
Love the RTS. Warcraft III was my favorite..
It look like your Long Tern is the more difficult one to get over.
It looks like your Long Tern is the more difficult one to get over.
I think it is deeper than that. I’ve known some kids who were perfectly normal till they matured. Then something happened.
One man hanged himself in a barn. Years later, at the same age his son hanged himself in the same barn.
I knew a kid who was normal till he began to mature. He began to get “strange”, and a few years later hanged himself.
His cousin, a church going man, was normal but seemed to be consumed with anger. He even had his working companions leery of him. Just something “not right” about him.
My ex-Brother-in-law had a son that was disconnect from everything. He was always in trouble, killed his cat with his bare hands and tried to drown his younger brother. The family was scared of him. He eventually matured enough to move away. His family still does not talk of him.
These were all before Prozac and other drugs came on the market. Without the drugs many of today’s mass murderers might have quietly hanged themselves rather than shoot up a school.
I played the ‘evil’ games of Wolfenstein, Doom, and Mortal Kombat back in the day and never had the urge to shoot anything but the computer when it crashed.
Same here. Doom, Quake, Crysis, half life, COD.
You CAN shoot your computer!
Dead hard drives and CD Rom drive make excellent targets at the range.
I grew up with bands like Black Sabbath. These days when I’m not out on killin sprees I prefer Megadeth.
Video games may have been a cause for such actions by de-humanizing death—just as the Ancient Romans watch the Games and saw people slaughterer long ago. Not good! Should be banned or at least—toned down with more story—people made to be real people and not symbols to be gunned down or we will be producing a generation of cold SS men—to shoot enemies of the state on command.