Video games do not cause behavioral issues in children, according to a decade-long study involving over 11,000 children. That sound you just heard was gamers across the US forwarding this message to politicians and religious leaders.
It has long been an ugly stereotype that the games cause children to become violent, or lack an attention span, and generally exhibit antisocial tendencies. It’s actually quite the opposite; antisocial children usually turn to such interactive entertainment because it’s the only part of their lives they have any sense of control over.
According to the results of this ten year study, the government has a lot of apologizing to do after trying to ban and regulate violent video games. The findings of said study were published as part of the UK Millennium Cohort Study, a ten year project which observed the behaviors of children exposed to screen entertainment.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, these games in general actually increase aptitude in the human brain and make you smarter, possibly teaching you real-life skills. One of said skills is not how to kill. As much as the military would like us to believe that movies and electronic games can desensitize us, it really isn’t true.
There is a very different part of the brain being used to pull a trigger aimed at a person than there is pushing a button on a video game controller.
According to the study, it was television itself that created antisocial tendencies and negative behavior in children. That’s right, three or more hours of cartoons have a deeper impact than the same amount of time playing Call of Duty or Mortal Kombat.
While this study might not change any minds that are dead set on blaming the hobby for real life violence, at least now there is scientific research to prove the politicians wrong.
Video games do not cause behavioral problems in children. The problems existed beforehand.