Are violent video games are making kids LESS violent?

A researcher in the U.K. is claiming that while parts of the brain which are associated with aggression are more active while children play video games, there is no conclusive evidence that this aggression translates to violent behavior in the real world.

In fact, he argues that despite a massive increase in the popularity of video games over the past decade, the incidents of violent crime involving children has actually dropped.

“Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s while video games have steadily increased in popularity and use. … With millions of sales of violent games, the world should be seeing an epidemic of violence.”

The debate over video game violence isn’t going away any time soon. Neither is the popularity of violent video games. Just last week sales of Grand Theft Auto IV topped the $500 million mark in its first week on the market.

So what do you think? Is there a connection between video game violence and violence in real life? Could it be possible that violent video games are actually making kids less violent?

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7 thoughts on “Are violent video games are making kids LESS violent?

  1. I think social disconnection and systemic pressures create far more violence than games ever could. Though I’m not sure that the games help. If the kids were spending that time meditating on how to love people I imagine we’d notice a significant difference (that goes for all of us, though!).

  2. I don’t think Mature games can lead to higher level of violence. There are many other factors which are responsible in shaping up a child which include the socio-economic conditions. Also there are other sources of entertainment which leave a much deeper impact.

  3. I can’t imagine that frequent mental focus on violence can create more compassionate individuals. I think we’re all lucky that they are also mental opiates which keep the more whacked individuals too occupied to really see what they could do. God help us if the power goes out.

    I think that our disconnection from empathy is more obvious now. One of the great ideals of the 20th century was that education would bring us all closer together, make us more empathetic. Despite all predictions we are still a very self-involved society. We just don’t have the excuse of ignorance anymore.

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  5. i would have to think that violence in video games and entertainment has a connection. it seems only natural that it would – not that it would cause it, but that it certainly isn’t helping. i mean, it’s kind of funny to watch a friend play grand theft auto and laugh at the absurdity of how dumb the game is, but to think that a 10 year old is playing makes me pretty disenheartened. it’s a tough call, we say the parents need to do their job, but mine didn’t keep me from listening to the chronic and snoop dogg when i was 13.

    at the same time, if a child has a good environment around them, violence on tv or in music or through video games will probably not lead to them being any more violent. all this stuff just makes me not want to have children…this world is so crazy, i can’t imagine what it’d be like. God bless you & cheryl!!!

  6. GTA rules !!!!!!!¡ so what its violent gamers Arn’t exactly gonna go out and shoot up the city!!!! …. or steal a firetruck and ram it into innocent predestrians !!!! …..
    or lob a Mortov at a someones face!!! So whats the big deal its just a thrilling experience that you don’t get from anything else.

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