Violent Games & Teen😤 Aggression Aren’t Linked,🗣 Says New Study

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The debate of whether violent video games tend to produce aggressive behavior in teens has been an increasingly popular topic among the gaming community for the last decade. Despite the pendulum constantly swinging back and forth between the two sides of the debate, the latest study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute is seemingly tipping the scales. It claims that teen aggression does not correspondingly link to violent video games.

Oxford Internet Institute’s study used a different approach than researchers before it, as it gathered critical information about teenagers’ aggressive behavior from the parents of the teens, rather than the teenagers themselves. The researchers collected this information by asking the parents of the 2,008 subjects to judge the level of aggressive behavior that each teenager exhibited after playing these games. Both parents and their kids were asked to fill out regular questionnaires that analyzed potential violent behavior.

In addition, the Institute also classified the level of violence in a video game by its rating, while many previous studies judged the amount of violence by the players’ perceptions of the differing games. Dr. Netta Weinstein added onto this, saying, “Our findings suggest that researcher biases might have influenced previous studies on this topic, and have distorted our understanding of the effects of video games.”

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