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Violent Video Games: More Play Time = More Aggression

A recent study shows that playing violent video games can cause an increase in aggressive behavior in university-aged students. Researchers in the US and Europe tracked 70 college students for three consecutive days and found that aggression and hostile behavior increased each day that they played. Those who played nonviolent games showed no change in aggressive behavior.

The study was published online in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Researchers also found that aggressive behaviors continued to increase over time for violent video game players. Dr. Brad Bushman, one of the investigators in the study, said that individuals who have a steady diet of these games see the world through the lens of such chaos and violence. "People who have a steady diet of playing these violent games may come to see the world as a hostile and violent place," Dr. Bushman commented in a statement. "These results suggest there could be a cumulative effect."

The abstract of the study can be accessed here:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103112002259

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