Sunday, September 28, 2014

No evidence to connect violent video games with violent crime

A new study that suggests that there is no evidence to connect violent video games and violent crime. The study, Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence: Rhetoric Versus Data in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture argues scientists have been compiling the wrong data.
According to The Crime Report, researchers compared short-term violent crime statistics with video game sales, release dates of popular violent video games and Internet keyword searches for violent video game guides.
"Contrary to the claims that violent video games are linked to aggressive assaults and homicides, no evidence was found to suggest that this medium was positively related to real-world violence in the United States," researchers wrote.
Unexpectedly, many of the results were suggestive of a decrease in violent crime in response to violent video games.

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