Dartmouth’s study examined three specific critiques of the literature on video game play and aggression: In addition to providing evidence that violent video game play is associated with increased aggression over time, the study also reports that this effect appears to be significantly different for various ethnic groups: the largest effect was observed among white participants, with some effect noted among Asians and no effect observed among Hispanics.
They were also asked if they thought games made them more aggressive, particularly immediately after playing.
The parents were asked similar questions regarding video game play by their child and perceived aggressive tendencies.
Hull, the Dartmouth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and associate dean of faculty for the social sciences at Dartmouth.
“The most notable critic of the violent video game aggression literature conducted studies in primarily Hispanic populations and found no evidence of this association. Stuart Professor of Pediatric Oncology and director of the C. “I hope our findings prompt skeptics to reevaluate their position, especially since some of our other research indicates that violent video game play may increase deviance with implications for multiple risk behaviors,” added Sargent.
In February Rhode Island state representative Robert Nardolillo III proposed a tax on violent video games claiming that "children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not".
Additionally, just last week a bill was revived in Pennsylvania proposing a 10% tax on violent games which the ESA described as "violation of the US constitution".
They also report that neither the teens nor their parents noticed any increase of aggressive behavior that could be tied to violent video games. They note that game playing did on occasion result in angry outbursts, sometimes by teens playing alone, and sometimes between two teens playing against one another (or by online participants)—but the researchers chalked it up to normal behavior that arises during competitive play. Violent video game engagement is not associated with adolescents' aggressive behaviour: evidence from a registered report, Royal Society Open Science (2019).
The researchers conclude their analysis by reporting that they found no evidence linking increased aggression in teens with playing violent video games. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171474 Citation: New study shows violent video games do not make teens more aggressive (2019, February 13) retrieved 6 September 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-02This document is subject to copyright.
The studies all examined how violent video game play affected changes in real-world physical aggression over time, ranging from three months to four years.
Examples of physical aggression included incidents such as hitting someone or being sent to the principal’s office for fighting, and were based on self-reports by children, parents, teachers and peers.