Violent Video Games Linked to Aggressive Behavior
Lowenstein points out that most games are bought by adults and says
so-called "shooter games" make up just 3% of games sold. Further, he
says, some research shows some games may be more "cathartic" than
harmful. He also notes that there is a clearly worded rating system for video
games, which can help parents control what their children see.
Dill, who says she has personally spent "hours" involved in video
games, is not down on the concept, just the violence. "There are some good
video games that try to teach pro-social behaviors," she says. "Video
games themselves just seem to be incredibly engaging. ? I think it's just like
any medium; television can be wonderful or horrible, and so can video
- Two new studies show that playing violent video games may contribute to
aggressive behavior, similar to the effect of watching violent television.
- Those who reported playing violent video games as a teenager were more
likely to engage in aggressive behavior, and the more time they spent playing
the games, the lower their college grades were.
- Observers say it's still too early to say for sure what the effects of
video violence might be. Industry representatives say the study findings don't
always translate to the real world