Violent Video Games and Violent Behavior


Many video games involved violent themes.  For example, several games involve killing prison guards in order to escape jail.  Many young people play video games for hours at a time and concern has been expressed that playing violent video games can lead to violent behavior.

Meta-Analysis of 136 studies of violent video games involving  behavior of 130,296 subjects were made. Studies came from both Japan and western countries like USA and Europe. Meta-analysis indicated that more exposure to violent video games was associated with significantly higher rates of violent behavior, higher violent affect, and more anti-social and less empathetic social behavior.        

For the full study of the relationships between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior- please see the Anderson et al. article in the March 2010 Psychological Bulletin.

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