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Adding a new wrinkle to the debate of video games and their effect on violence, a recently published study says that video games actually help reduce crime rates by keeping criminals busy playing games instead of committing crimes. The research was conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim in partnership with Baylor University and the University of Texas at Arlington. The results are interesting in that the findings support the long-held view that video games produce an increase in aggressive behavior. However, the study also found that time spent game playing also decreases criminal activity in players.While these findings seem to be contradictory, the researchers have a common sense explanation:"Due to these findings political decision-makers regard playing violent video games as a contributing factor to aggressive behaviour of teenagers and young adults. Therefore, regulating and even prohibiting violent content in video games is frequently considered a possibility. The findings linking gameplay to an increase in aggression are mainly based on psychological laboratory experiments. However, these experiments do neither consider the intense usage of these games by relatively violence-prone people nor the resulting time use effect. This incapacitation effect prevents gamers from engaging in other violent activities during the time spent playing video games."The long periods of time used to play video games precludes that same time being used to commit crimes. The researchers found that this time use effect is greater than the effect of the increased aggression caused by playing violent games.
Basically, games might make you more prone to commit crimes, but you'll be so busy playing games you won't have any time to commit crimes. I guess that works out.[Source: GamePolitics]
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I know a lot of gamer friends and let me tell you, they're no more or less aggressive than they've ever been in real life. Same goes for me: I love me some Gears of War, but I have never been known to be overly aggressive towards people in the real world.
Still, at least this study isn't saying games will create a new generation full of iron-fisted dictators.
It's kind of funny how they're insulting us in a round about way. Basically they're calling gamers criminals that don't have time to commit crime. Is that a double insult? I don't like this study, they can shove it.
must of took a genuis to figure this out
its the lag that makes us angry lol
i agree it makes total sense
This study sounds like a BS science assignment from a high schooler.
Balance is good...I guess
my friend gets aggressive when he plays video games, but only when he's not winning or when there's a modder pulling some bologna out on him. otherwise he wouldn't hurt a fly.
Huh. I actually believe this one.
I think this article would be more accurate if they replaced "aggresion" with "irritability".
I just played Black Ops, now I feel like shooting some civilians with FPSRussia.
Well, now I see my aggression in an entire new light.
what about football,hockey players adn others there all testosterone fueled aggression but what do they get 17million dollars a year stinking hypocrites
I would love to see one of these studies to see what they are actually looking at. I would love for some of the so called scientist to actually try to play the game and see if the show they same tendencies that they say the observe in other test subjects. These kinds of test are sooooo subjective (subject to the bias of the testers) that its easy to come to what ever conclusion you want.
honestly, i think people like this just blame video games as an excuse