A Harvard study of 1200 children concluded that video games don’t cause children to become violent.
They discovered that children who played violent video games â€“ those rated Mature or above â€“ were just relieving stress. Some children did exhibit some playful fighting after playing games, but this was similar to what children have always done after watching action or Karate-type movies.
The most surprising find, though, was that boys that donâ€™t play any video games at all are now considered to be socially inept.
A danger sign for boys is â€œnot playing video games at all, because it looks like for this generation, video games are a measure of social competence.â€
After four hours of playing GTA4 last night, I considered ramming my car into a double-parked car while commuting to work this morning to teach the idiot a lesson. Coincidence? Apparently. In all seriousness, do you think the Harvard researchers’ findings are a surprise?
[Thanks, Jeff. Source.]