Video games don’t create killers, new book says

But the research actually says otherwise!
Reuters May 9, 2008

Playing video games does not turn children into deranged, blood-thirsty super-killers, according to a new book by a pair of Harvard researchers. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, a husband-and-wife team at Harvard Medical School, detail their views in “Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do”, which came out last month and promises to reshape the debate on the effects of video games on kids. “What I hope people realize is that there is no data to support the simple-minded concerns that video games cause violence,” Kutner told Reuters. The pair reached that conclusion after conducting a two-year study of more than 1,200 middle-school children about their attitudes towards video games. BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE
But the data did show a link between playing mature-rated games and aggressive behavior. The researchers found that 51 percent of boys who played M-rated games — the industry’s equivalent of an R-rated movie, meaning suitable for ages 17 and up — had been in a fight in the past year, compared to 28 percent of non-M-rated gamers. The pattern was even stronger among girls, with 40 percent of those who played M-rated games having been in a fight in the past year, compared to just 14 percent for non-M players. One of the most surprising things was how popular mature games were among girls. In fact, the “Grand Theft Auto” crime action series was the second-most played game behind “The Sims”, a sort of virtual dollhouse.
Family First Comment: So what’s the real conclusion of their research???????