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UK study proves that playing video games doesn't lead to violent behavior

By Polycount ยท 18 replies
Mar 11, 2019
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  1. Despite some politicians' belief that there's a correlation between violent crimes and video games, researchers throughout the world have proven time and time again that no such link exists.

    To drive that point home in a way that has to be taken seriously, yet another study has reached the same conclusion.

    The study in question contained a sample size of 1,004 British teens between age 14 and 15. Their legal guardians were also interviewed, likely to help eliminate biases from the equation. Half of the participants were female, and the other half were male.

    So, how was the study conducted? A large portion of the data researchers gathered came from surveys answered by the participants themselves and their guardians.

    For the former, teens involved in the study were asked to rate how strongly various statements -- such as "Given enough provocation, I may hit another person" -- apply to them after playing violent video games.

    In the latter's case, guardians were asked to rate how common various behaviors among the teens in their care. Some of these behaviors included the bullying or harassment of other kids.

    Despite researchers' former hypothesis that violent video games are "linearly and positively" related to "carer assessments of aggressive behavior" among teenagers, the results of these surveys (and other research contained in the study) proved the opposite.

    Apparently, there is no evidence for a "critical tipping point" at which violent video game playtime fuels aggressive behavior. While this will certainly not prevent politicians and other interested parties from claiming otherwise in the future, it's nice to have this conclusion confirmed yet again.

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  2. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 370   +236

    I don't understand why they keep beating this dead horse. Over and over again we see this same discussion pop up and we once again learn the same thing. They just don't correlate to each other.
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 653   +469

    As a long time gamer, I love seeing articles like this. It's obvious people don't know what they are talking about when they say games cause violence. This is just proof to add to all the other proof.
  4. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 210   +145

    50-year-old gamer here. I was at the start and still gaming today. I've killed no one.... yet. :p
  5. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 78   +154

    How about Rap music?
    Capaill, IAMTHESTIG, max0x7ba and 3 others like this.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,094   +1,545

    How many more studies that have the same results do we need to see on this topic? It's become ridiculous.

    And I'm with axiomatic13. I'm over 50, been playing video games since the very first Pong game showed up in 1973, and the the only time I show violent tendencies is when I can't open a beer fast enough and start swearing. :p
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,153   +3,575

    65 year old gamer and I've never killed anyone that I didn't have orders to do so!
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,367   +2,888

    Because you haven't received order 66 yet.
  9. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 554   +454

    Same here, I'm only a couple of years younger then you and been gaming since the VIC-20 and I've never felt the need to attack anyone or blame any medium for the damage some people have. The moral majority love a scapegoat, it's easier then actually trying to fix those who are broken.
    axiomatic13 and JaredTheDragon like this.
  10. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 101   +11

    But what if there is lag?
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,931   +1,161

    ....like 2 or 3 decades?
    axiomatic13 and onestepforward like this.
  12. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,768   +636

    They are wrong with a purpose. It can and it does.
  13. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,625   +2,364

    A sample size of 1000, all from a single country and a very limited age group is statistically irrelevant. This study proves nothing.
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  14. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 551   +370

    To even call these things "studies" is an insult to science in the first place. If it's not predictive, it's not science. If it's not falsifiable, it's not a scientific theory. Statistics isn't science, and polls aren't remotely scientific. This is like the Big Bang Theory at its worst - you cannot go back in time to falsify it, and you can't reproduce it in a lab. So it's not even a study at all, just a popularity report. At best.

    The "motive" behind any future crime isn't anywhere nearly as important as the evidence. It's like the emergence of "hate crimes". It doesn't matter at all WHY someone does something evil, to the person who has been violated. It only matters that it happened at all. From "just following orders" to "hate", it's absolutely irrelevant except as a prosecution method. Given two people who could be the killer (for example), the one with a logical motivation to do the crime is more likely to be your dog than the one with not motivation. But that's still not enough to get a conviction on its own. It's just one element.
    axiomatic13 likes this.
  15. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 137   +98

    Good stuff. If we could only keep the latest group of culture police away from our hobby it would be even better.
    axiomatic13 and Morris Minor like this.
  16. max0x7ba

    max0x7ba TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +26

    Better make a scientific study whether religion leads to violence and wars.
    axiomatic13 and Capaill like this.
  17. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,047   +183


    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +776

    Facts don't matter to the haters... sure it's nice to get reinforcements every once in a while but in the end haters are going to hate. Video games create violent children, guns kill people, and eating utensils make people fat. This is just how the sheeple minds work and no amount of facts being shoved in their face is going to change their thought process.
    Morris Minor, axiomatic13 and Capaill like this.
  19. Linux7055

    Linux7055 TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +7

    Correlation doesn't equal causation

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