Children who play violent video games may experience an increase in aggressive thoughts, which in turn, could boost their aggressive behavior, a controversial new study conducted in Singapore suggests.
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Research has also found that, controlling for prior aggression, children who played more violent video games during the beginning of the school year showed more aggression than other children later in the school year. (Pediatrics, Nov. 2008)
Video Games and Children: Playing with Violence
The study asked 5,147 fifth graders, of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, in three major cities in the U.S. to self-report on the frequency and duration of their involvement of games involving killing, hitting or punching. The results found that children who played violent video games for more than two hours a day showed significantly more depressive symptoms than those who did not. These symptoms included lack of pleasure, lack of interest in activities, concentration difficulties, low energy, low self-worth and suicidal ideation over the past year. “This association between violent video games and depression was consistent across all ethnic groups,” said Tortolero.
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Children's minds aren't fully developed when they learn that killing people gets you power and attention. Children think its really funny when they get a head shot and get extra points. They don't realize how truly precious a human life is. We`re telling them life doesn't matter, and we`re okay with it. We tell them if somebody dies in real life to be sad, and then we turn around and say, " good job you took 50 more lives " that's bad parenting. Parents who let their children play violent video games are the biggest hypocrites of all.If children are playing violent video games, the fault is not in the games themselves, but rather the parents who allow them. So nice try, Mr. Governor-that-could.