Survey Says: Kids Who Play Video Games Get More Aggressive Over Time

UK papers The Telegraph and the Daily Mail seem to be delighted with a new study from researchers at Brock University in Canada published in the journal Developmental Psychology. The study, which bases its findings on 1,492 adolescents surveyed from eight high schools in Ontario over a four year period. Researchers say that 51 percent of those surveyed were female, while 49 percent were male. Participants were ages 14- to 15-years-old at the start of the study and 17- or 18-years-old at its conclusion.

Researchers asked respondents a series of questions about how much they pushed, shoved, kicked, or punched people who made them angry. They also asked them about their gaming habits. Details on specific questions were not disclosed, nor was information on race, economic status of families, culture, family structure, or other factors that might factor into making children aggressive. Researchers did apparently factor in data related to "gender, parental divorce and marijuana use," but did not disclose any specific data on how they factored it into the study.

"The current study is the first to demonstrate a relation between sustained violent video game play and the progression of aggressive behavior," said Lead researcher Professor Teena Willoughby. "It is clear that there is a long-term association between violent video games and aggression. This is an important and concerning finding, particularly in light of the hours that youth spend playing these games."

Source: Business Insider

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