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Do Violent Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?

Does exposure to violent video games cause violent behavior in children and teenagers? This question is especially relevant today with ready access to realistic, powerful graphics and recent shootings that have shaken the nation.

An article in the New York Times explores this question. “A burst of new research has begun to clarify what can and cannot be said about the effects of violent gaming. Playing the games can and does stir hostile urges and mildly aggressive behavior in the short term. Moreover, youngsters who develop a gaming habit can become slightly more aggressive — as measured by clashes with peers, for instance — at least over a period of a year or two.” Read More.

 

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