Don’t study video games, study gamers

“Video games are not simply good or bad for everybody,” he says. “But for some individuals who have certain dispositions, if they play video games they’re much more likely to be negatively affected.”

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A new study released in the Review of General Psychology said that there is no correlation between violent video games and violent teenagers. There is, however, a correlation between aggressive video games and aggressive behavior in real life. That makes a lot of sense, right? While some students may be completely fine playing first person shooter games for years of their life and show no aggressive tendencies, another student who is aggressive while playing a video game is likely to be more aggressive in interactions with the real world.

The study also revealed that some video games relax teenagers and girls who played an age-appropriate game with a parent felt closer to their parent than those who did not.

What’s your experience with parents on this topic? How do you talk to your students about violence in video games as a Christian? 

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One Response to “Don’t study video games, study gamers”

  1. William Wilkie September 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    The last decade was about “connecting,” e.g., Facebook.
    The next decade will be about “influencing,” creative gaming
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/seth_priebatsch_the_game_layer_on_top_of_the_world.html
    If you want to understand what is already going on check out http://www.gameful.org and Jane McGonigal, the guru & puppeteer extraordinaire at
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html
    The youth pastor professions have a long way to go if they want to LEAP-FROG to the next society that will replace the INFORMATION SOCIETY BY 2030 and shape the core values and programming for the 2020’s.

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