Skip to comments.Violent Video Games Are a Risk Factor for Criminal Behavior and Aggression, New Evidence Shows
Posted on 03/27/2013 3:58:20 PM PDT by neverdem
People are quick to point the finger or dismiss the effect of violent video games as a factor in criminal behavior. New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency.
Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology, said the research shows a strong connection even when controlling for a history of violence and psychopathic traits among juvenile offenders.
"When critics say, 'Well, it's probably not video games, it's probably how antisocial they are,' we can address that directly because we controlled for a lot of things that we know matter," DeLisi said. "Even if you account for the child's sex, age, race, the age they were first referred to juvenile court -- which is a very powerful effect -- and a bunch of other media effects, like screen time and exposure. Even with all of that, the video game measure still mattered."
The results were not unexpected, but somewhat surprising for Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology, who has studied the effects of video game violence exposure and minor aggression, like hitting, teasing and name-calling...
"Can we say from this study that Adam Lanza, or any of the others, went off and killed people because of media violence? You can't take the stand of the NRA that it's strictly video games and not guns," Anderson said. "You also can't take the stand of the entertainment industry that it has nothing to do with media violence that it's all about guns and not about media violence. They're both wrong and they're both right, both are causal risk factors."...
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I think you’re right and humans have always had an outlet for natural aggression. Around 4th or 5th grade a kids world view has stabilized. So it is critical to get that right well before then. I find the lowered standard for a 13 year old, e.g. PG13, a disturbing trend. Hollywood’s 13 year old isn’t my idea of a 13 year old.
I would say it is good for society as a whole. It gets more kids into tech stuff, which can lead to better technology. Of course technology can be used for good or nefarious reasons. I don’t believe in catering to .1% of our population. There has been and will always be nut jobs.
Lots of interesting facts here.
I’m not arguing for any kinds of restrictions, although I would like to see a program that let me dial the level of violence, vulgarity, etc. in a game. I cannot believe the level of swearing that takes place.
All I’m saying is that if you’re a nutjob out in the boondocks little harm done. If you’re a nutjob in an urban area and the media in any form stimulates your insanity - look out. That’s what I think we’re seeing. Sandyhook would have been a little known murder-suicide in which a nutty son killed his mom. The guns would be auctioned off and life would go on.
A game where you can change the level of violence and profanity would be a great thing for parents. A 10 year old shouldn’t play certain games, as many games are designed for adults.(18+) I don’t know if there have been more mass murders recently, or if it is just the inundation of news between 24 hour tv news channels and internet. Something looks wrong with that Lanza kid. I don’t know if he was autistic or had Asperger’s syndrome, but he looks “not right”.