But neither of those studies make the case that these games lead to real-word violence. Although drawing conclusions about small population subgroups—such as kids at risk of violence—from broad population trends can be dicey, it is still worth noting that as violent video games proliferated in recent years, the number of violent youthful offenders fell—by more than half between 1994 and 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. This trend is not what you would expect if these games had the power to make good boys go bad. Indeed, in a 2011 analysis of game sales from 2004 to 2008, A. Scott Cunningham of Baylor University, Benjamin Engelsttter of the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany, and Michael R. Ward of the University of Texas at Arlington found that higher rates of violent game sales actually coincided with a drop in crimes, especially violent crimes. They concluded that any negative behavioral effects playing violent games might have are more than offset because violent people are drawn to such games, and the more they play, the less time they have for crime.
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Opinion articles, unpublished dissertations, and theoretical papers with no accompanying research are not included in this list - just journal-published, peer-reviewed, scientific research on the effects of violent video games.
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Research on the effects of violence in mass media - Wikipedia
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The more television violence viewed by a child, the more aggressive the child is (“Children” 1).
Television violence is also a cause of both violent and aggressive behavior in teenage boys.
Television violence and its effect on children - …
Just 60 years ago, television was viewed as an unknown curiosity. TV was black and white ghostly figures on a screen so small hardly anyone could see them. Today, that curiosity has become a constant companion to many, including our children. The TV has all but replaced the printed page. TV programs report the news and weather, persuade us to buy certain products, and also provides programs that glorify violence. TV has affected our family value system in both positive and negative ways.
Research on the effects of violence in mass media - …
TV violence has been related to the aggressive behavior in children, although it is not clear how much of an impact TV violence actually has. This is because children most affected by TV violence are those already at risk for violent behavior. Other individual and family factors may be the other cause for violent behavior. Children who are already aggressive or have an aggressive nature are attracted to and tend to watch more violent TV.
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Many people believe that children who watch violent television programs exhibit more aggressive behavior than that exhibited by children who do not (Kinnear 23).
Questionnaire on the Effects of TV Violence on Children.
Some children become "unfeeling" to the horror of violence and become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others. They may gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems. They may imitate the violence they observe on TV and behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others. Also, they may become more fearful of the world around them.