This morning, Sky News published an article regarding a study by the American Psychological Association that examined the links between violent video games and aggression.
“The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression”.
‘Pro-gaming groups’ have supposedly rejected the findings on the grounds that the report was researched by ‘anti-gamers’ that selectively chose studies that suited their personal opinions on the ongoing debate.
In response to the report, UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) stated that “this report, like others before it, does not identify a causal link between games and aggression, and definitely no link between games and real life violence. Such studies also show that games offer many positive cognitive skills benefits, such as problem solving skills, team management, and social skills”.
To read our feature on violent video games and aggression click here.