Violent video games linked to aggression in children

Telegraph (UK) 04 November 2008

Children who play violent video games demonstrate a high level of physical aggression for months afterwards, according to new research. The link between video games and aggressive behaviour was analysed in comparative studies in Japan and the United States in a bid to determine how closely they were connected. The results, which were published in this month’s journal Pediatrics, showed that despite cultural differences and disparities in crime rates, children across the spectrum were affected equally by playing games.

Craig A Anderson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University who lead the research, said: “We now have conclusive evidence that playing violent video games has harmful effects on children and adolescents.” The research examined the behaviour of more than 1,2000 Japanese youths aged between 12 and 18 as well as 364 children aged nine to 12 in the US over a three to six month period.