Violent video games associated with aggressive thinking, behavior in kids

Reuters reports that according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, playing video games of a violent nature may be associated with violent thoughts and even hostile behavior in youngsters.

The study of 3,000 children from Singapore ranging in age from eight to 17 revealed that the children who played such violent video games often ended up displaying more aggression later.

Time reports that children who played violent video games most often thought it was okay to strike other children. Those kids “scored higher on measures of hostility.” In addition, “the more long-term gamers were … more likely to fantasize about hitting someone they didn’t like.”

HealthDay reports, “More than 90 percent of American kids play video games, many of which portray violence in a fun framework free of negative consequences, the researchers said.” Due to these “large numbers, research such as this has significant implications, they said.”

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