Since media has begun to evolve, there has always been a belief that seeing or playing things with violence, leads to violent behavior. A new study out of Oxford believes it has proven otherwise. In fact, there is evidence to suggest violence has gone down amongst adolescence since the induction of video gaming. Even as recent as 2015, the American Psychological Association warning lawmakers and parents alike. This led to some states like Pennsylvania to draft laws to tax video games of the MMO category at a higher rate.
The team at Oxford who studied this topic took data from 1,004 students and their caretakers. The study also based the game ratings on the Entertainment Software Rating Board, as opposed to what parents and/or children believed the game should be rated. They had every party involve fill out questionnaires but also used objective data to help their findings. The researchers also adjusted for publication bias, meaning results that were able to show negative results were more likely to be published.
While this is good news, it does not mean that there can’t be any negative effects. Video games can guide you through all sorts of emotion, just like any good movie or song. They may also lead a person to be more competitive, which has its ups and downs. This leads to some of the more horrific trash talks you may find on your servers, which most people within the gaming community are already fighting themselves, since you have these in all things competitive, even in intellectual circles.
“Results did not support this prediction, nor did they support the idea that the relationship between these factors follows a nonlinear parabolic function [in other words, a notable link between gaming and violence]. There was no evidence for a critical tipping point relating violent game engagement to aggressive behaviour.”Oxford University
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espiteinterest in the topic by parents and policy-makers, the research has not demonstrated that there is cause for concern.”
If you are a parent out there who is thinking of limiting a child’s time on games, think again. There are many benefits to a child playing games. These are things such as problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and even enhanced memory function. If the study interests you, there is a link below, along with an article from Psychology Today about the positive aspects of gaming.