Are studies related to video games and violence biased?

In class we have talked about many different opinions surrounding the issue of do video games correlate to violent behaviors in children and young kids.  The attached article talks about another issue that relates to this dilemma.  The articles discusses whether these conducted studies exhibit a degree of bias.  Patrick Kierkegaard has been a large contributor to opinions on this issue and he has given reason to make people believe that these studies that show video games and violence are correlated are unreliable.  He continues to state that since the early 1990’s statistics show that even though video game use has skyrocketed over the years, the incidence of violent crimes has decreased.  If you would like to read a bit more on this issue, below is the link that will send you to this article.

http://www.science20.com/news_releases/video_games_and_violence_are_studies_biased

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. caramol
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 15:17:34

    Personally, I think studies correlating videogames to violence just have too many confounding variables to be reliable. The only thing they are good for are to provide “trends”, which should also be taken with a grain of salt. And I also think that many people are looking for the research to show that violent videogames induce violence. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t know how this came to be the “norm” of opinion, but it is a very pervasive one. I don’t have any problems with videogames and heck, I even enjoy playing them myself, but I also have this slight feeling in the back of my head that violent videogames DO induce violence. I have no basis for this feeling, and I think many people may be thinking the same way I am.

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  2. Fitzgerald Toussaint
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 16:20:53

    Personally i think that it could go either way. Kids play games based off of the content and not how biased it is. Most kids focus more on the content of the game than anything. They look past the detail of the game and look more into the big picture of it.

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