“Kids Who Don’t Play Video Games Are At Risk”

April 18, 2008

I found this very interesting video on digg. A couple of researchers at Harvard looked into the effect that video games have on children, and their findings go against what the politicians have been saying for so many years. They say that video games are very important in terms of social interaction, and that boys who do not play video games are more prone to getting into trouble.

This reminds me of a comment that Stephen King made recently, that was posted on the same site. He calls the American politicians out on using video games as a form of a scape goat to gloss over the real problems.

Another digg post regarding the rising use of violence in video games shows that there is no correlation to what is happening in RL.

Here is the image that was posted:

People are often surprised when they learn that I enjoy FPS games, maybe it’s because I’m a girl and not typically what they would imagine, but I believe that a big part of it is that they also imagine someone that is angry, anti-social, and violent. Politicians have been perpetuating that violent stereotype so much, but the reality is often far from that. Of course you’re going to find a couple of assholes on any server, but the same can be said for rl.

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2 Responses to ““Kids Who Don’t Play Video Games Are At Risk””

  1. Rambo said

    Heh, glad they did a study and published research on it. I’ve always seen the pros and cons of video games… for me there are far more pros. For angry, violent people… I’m thinking they choose the gory, brutal games because of THEIR PREFERENCES not the other way around. It would be a slim to nil case that a video game causes someone to become a sociopath. Blame the parents or their environment.

    In any case… I didn’t hear in the interview what the study said about female gamers. Perhaps you do in fact become psychotic killers or vampires or something. 😀 That would be sweet. You psycho <3.

  2. prettypinkninja said

    Hahah they said very little about female gamers… basically girls are only at risk of getting into a lot of trouble if they play over 15h a week of games. Unlike with the boys, there is no demonstrated risks if they do not play any games at all.

    PS Hey! I’m 21 now so that makes me an official woman lol so I don’t fit into the category which they’re describing :p

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