Video Games & Violence
Pres. Trump discusses video game violence with industry execs and watchdog groups at WH.
Conversation in reaction to school shooting in Florida.
Report: school shooter played violent video games.
‘It was kill, kill, kill, blow up something, and kill some more, all day.”
Paul Gold, neighbor to school shooter, who said shooter played violent video games for up to 15 hours a day.
What Does The Data Say?
Studies do NOT show direct link between ‘gaming’ and violence.
Some studies show an increase in emotion or aggression but NOT necessarily acting on it.
Communities with large amount of ‘gamers”, also can have low levels of gun violence (example: Japan).
“The findings suggest that there is no link between these kinds of realism in games and the kind of effects that video games are commonly thought to have on their players.”
Dr. David Zendle, University of York, Department of Computer Science
However, recent study by University of York DID NOT test on children; only adults. Researcher said more studies need to be done…
- No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116131317.htm
- OVERVIEW – White House Meeting: https://apnews.com/a2010072da204ae099b9537d421ea42a
- To longtime friend, school shooter Nikolas Cruz was lonely, volatile, ostracized: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article200754714.html
- Do Video Games Lead to Mass Shootings? Researchers Say No: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/us/politics/trump-video-games-shootings.html
by Jenna Lee,