031 - Do Video Games Cause Violence?
Concerns over violent media started in the 50's, and have remained a controversial topic of debate ever since. In this episode, I explore whether there's any validity to the argument that video games make people violent, or whether it's a symptom of something else.
As it turns out, the answer isn't quite so black and white.
There has been a huge amount of research done on the topic of whether or not video games cause violence, and the general consensus sits somewhere in the middle.
Most people are in agreement that prolonged exposure at an early age to violent video games could increase the likelihood of aggressive behaviour in adolescence, however, aggressive doesn't necessarily mean violent.
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