A hot debate over the years has been whether or not video games make children more violent or not. Even in the days of the Super Nintendo there were questions of whether or not video games such as Mortal Kombat made children more violent. A UK study carried out at the University of Glasgow used surveys of mothers for over 11,000 parents in order to track children’s behavior over time. The key findings of the study were as follows.
Exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues.
Watching 3 or more hours of television at age 5 did lead to a small increase in behavioral problems in youngsters between 5 and 7.
Neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems.
There was no difference between boys and girls in the survey results.
This is one of the largest studies every conducted on the issue of video games effect on behavior and is interesting because it conflicts with other studies done in the United States. Do you believe playing video games can make a child more susceptible to violence?