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Do video games cause violence?

For decades, parents, psychologists, and neuroscientists have studied the potential connection between violent video games and the level of real-world violence displayed by the children and young adults who play them, especially those shown on the national stage for criminal activity and mass shootings. A plethora of research and academic study has erupted from this debate, contributing to our growing knowledge of how the brain works when interacting with video games and why further research into the topic is important. So, as we traverse a new world of technological advancement and even more complex immersion into video games, do video games cause violence?

Results are inconclusive

There is simply not enough scientific evidence for one consensus to swing either way.

Research yields inconclusive results

A lack of data to support claims on either side of the debate bars the scientific community from definitively proposing one opinion or the other. Explore

Yes, video games do cause violence

With gore and violence in the most popular video game titles today, children are increasingly exposed to dangerous material.

Gaming can have devastating pathological side-effects.

Internet gaming disorder is proof of a correlation between violence and gaming. Explore

No, video games do not cause violence

There is no proven correlation between playing violent games and real-world violence.

There is no known link between violent crimes and video game use

Because there has never been any conclusive evidence that violent video games are a major cause of violent offenses and mass killings, the idea that there is some connection, even without a shred of definitive proof, is illogical. Explore

There are known cognitive benefits to frequent video game use

Some claim playing video games is directly responsible for violence and severe mental disturbance. Yet research contradicts this. Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 3 Jun 2020 at 07:18 UTC