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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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better 2 be a little agresive then be robbing banks
how do you survey something like that? "hey, are you a criminal? do you like video games?"
"Study Says Video Games Increase Aggression But Reduce Crime Rates"
people today are so dumb, there is nothing wrong with enjoying some video games. PERIOD.
Love this new finding
Let's hope all those criminals' consoles never break. If they do... GOD HELP US ALL!
They had studies about this kind of thing before video games and the media was huge. Look up a study called "The bobo doll" (or something to that effect). It's a study done on children after watching adults beat up a blow-up doll. It found that their aggression increased.
No matter the medium, aggression generally increases after we see some other kind of aggression. That is sort of funny that crime rates go down, though... I'd be more interested to find out if this is true cross-culture, rather than on just your normal Western gamer, though.
what game is that with that big rifle. Time Crisis?
It makes perfect sense when you think about it. There's no connection b/w video games and violence except for a few exceptions like that guy in Norway and I think one or two other things and tbh I think mainly they use them as scapegoats. It's kind of annoying, but it happens either way. That and I'm pretty sure it's been proven that Video Games are a good alternative to violence AND they're great for relieving stress.
So many unanswered questions regarding this study.
1. How can you determine that these people would commit crimes if they weren't playing video games? How do you survey something that never happened?
2. What does aggression mean? Frustration at the game for losing? Or showing aggression towards other people afterward? I believe their is a huge difference between anger out of frustration and anger out of general aggression.
3. They specifically say teenagers and young adults. This study makes it sound like video games are preventing bank robberies. When in reality It's more like they are preventing petty vandalism's and other trouble teenagers tend to get into.
4. I also don't particularly like the insinuation that gamers would be criminals if not for being too busy playing games.
HOLY ***!!! It took a whole study to figure out that I can't kill anybody if i'm stuck on Call of Duty's online multiplayer?
Yea if you didnt realize we live in America. Were always mad at something.
I have been feeling agressive lately. But it seems like nothing to bad will hapeen as long as gamers keep getTing their violent games. I'd hate to see what would happen if their supplies got low.
What arcade game is that in the picture? The controller looks like the assault rifle from Aliens. :)
I kind of makes since; being from down south; when its hot outside, most the outcasts are at home playing games (if they had any) video games has its way of relieving stress, and takes away boredom; if video games didn't exist past the PC the crime rate (in the states especially) would increase tend fold