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The First Clear Link Between Violent Video Games And Hostility – Business Insider

Teenagers who play violent video games over a number of years become more aggressive towards other people as a result, a new study has found.

The research findings were said to be the first indication of a clear link between a sustained period of playing violent games and subsequent increases in hostile behaviour.

Girls who played them during their school years were found to be affected just as much as boys.

The research team at Brock University in Canada said their results were “concerning” and argued that violent games could “reinforce the notion that aggression is an effective and appropriate way to deal with conflict and anger.”

Evidence suggests that long-term players of violent games may become more likely to react aggressively to unintentional provocations such as someone accidentally bumping into them, they added.

The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, involved 1,492 adolescents at eight high schools in Ontario, 51 per cent of whom were female and 49 per cent male.

Surveys were carried out annually across four school years with the participants aged 14 or 15 at the start of the study and 17 or 18 at its conclusion.

The teenagers were asked a series of questions such as how often they pushed or shoved people and whether they frequently kicked or punched people who made them angry.

via The First Clear Link Between Violent Video Games And Hostility – Business Insider.

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