Members of the media and others often have attributed violence in video games as a potential cause of social ills, such as increased levels of teen violence and school shootings.
Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano.
An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a special tax on violent video games, in what he says is an attempt to fight bullying and obesity in children.
The debate over violent video games and their effects has raged on for over two decades. The latest? Researchers are now claiming they can demonstrate negative reactions in the brain caused by violent games in young men.