Violent video games make kids care less

Herald Sun March 03, 2010

Exposure to violent video games makes players more aggressive and less caring. Researchers say they have proved this conclusively after analysing analysed 130 reports involving more than 130,000 gamers. Iowa University psychology professor and video game researcher Craig Anderson said the results left little doubt – violent video games are bad for those who play them. “We can now say with utmost confidence that regardless of research method, the effects are that exposure to violent video games increases the likelihood of aggressive behaviour,” he said.

The new study was published in the American Psychological Association journal Psychological Bulletin. The team of international researchers, led by Prof Anderson, said exposure to violent games helped increase the risk of increased aggressive thoughts and behaviour and simultaneously decreased empathy toward others. “From a public policy standpoint, it’s time to get off the question of ‘Are there real and serious effects?’ That’s been answered and answered repeatedly,” Prof Anderson said.