Violent Video Games Harmless

Study finds no adverse affects on behavior for 'vast majority'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 5:47 PM CDT
In this file video game image released by Activision, a scene from "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" is shown.   (AP Photo/Activision, File)

(Newser) – The majority of teenagers can play violent video games without becoming more violent or antisocial themselves, a new study has found. Texas A&M researchers analyzing a group of teens found that only individuals already prone to antisocial behavior would show increased hostility after playing a violent game, CNET reports. Such youths tended to be "highly neurotic, less agreeable, and less conscientious."

"Recent research has shown that as video games have become more popular, children in the United States and Europe are having fewer behavior problems, are less violent and score better on standardized tests," wrote an editor of the Review of General Psychology, commenting on the study. "Violent video games have not created the generation of problem youth so often feared."

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