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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 been going on digital rampages in my video games since grand theft auto III came out for the playstation 2. frankly if i want to act on my aggressive tendencies video games have always been a great place to channel that "inner rage" us gamers have brewing inside. not to mention in the video game world I can do whatever i want....and still be living within the confines of the law in reality.
All those kids pictured above are criminals. *Pulls out Death Note*
Oh, the *** Brits are at it again! Blaming video-games for the behavior of it's youth.
I'm getting a sense of DeJa Vu. Didn't we just talk about this same article roughly two months ago?
This is only because gaming is slowly becoming a normal hobby for everyone in society. And I suppose some people just can't grasp that, so they try to make it seem unusual by making headlines like this "Gaming effects..."
Yeah and the same could be said about the environment and other hobbies people live in or do. Since it's the media, I shouldn't be expecting any intelligent being stated to begin with. face/palm
I play all kinds of violent games and they don't make me want to go commit a crime. It seems like they are always trying to blame video games for everything.
When will they stop stereotyping and judging and just leave everyone be. I got a statistic for them. 99% of all news is bias and ***. 99% of all stats are *** or made up.
Wow, how illuminating. Anyone with half a brain cell could have cooked up this theory. I think I got into the wrong field.....
I think a side by side study of 50 gamer's vs 50 people who go to the bar to drink every day would add proper perspective to the topic.