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Another study states violent media doesn't cause violent behavior
Posted: 23.05.2013 07:14 by Comments: 10
Yet another scientific study has discovered from its research that violent media "is not a predictor" of violent behavior. In other words, "violent" videogames don't make kids become violent.

According to Texas A&M chair and associate professor of psychology Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson, it seems genetics is a high contributing factor of criminal behavior.

“We basically find that genetics and some social issues combine to predict later adult arrests. Despite ongoing concerns about media influences, media exposure does not seem to function as a risk factor for adult criminality,” stated Ferguson.

“Genetics alone don’t seem to trigger criminal behavior, but in combination with harsh upbringing, you can see negative outcomes,”
he went on to note. “In our sample, experiencing maternal warmth seemed to reduce the impact of genetics on adult criminality.

“People may object morally to some of the content that exists in the media, but the question is whether the media can predict criminal behavior. The answer seems to be no.”


However, until a new media "plagues" the nations of the world, videogames will remain a convenient scapegoat for the actions of mentally ill people.
Source: VG247
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By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on May 23, 2013
SiyaenSokol
Glad that this is put out again.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 23, 2013
danfreeman
Well this didn`t tell us gamers anything new but it is good to see people trying to show non-gamers that we are not a bunch of violent apes,i wish we wouldn`t have had to show this in the first place but hey,you take what you can get.
By baszermaszer (SI Veteran Member) on May 23, 2013
baszermaszer
"In other words, "violent" videogames don't make kids become violent."
Yeah, not the susceptible kids only impressionable kids sensitive to suggestive content of which there is many harmful in violent games:

Check out Manhunt and Dishonored plus all games where you can stab people in the neck and head.. "Oops it happened again.."
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 23, 2013
JonahFalcon
Not even impressionable kids. And besides, it's the PARENTS' fault if their 12 year old gets their hands on an M-rated game.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on May 23, 2013
djole381
@baszermaszer
Jack Thompson, is that you? :)

@JonahFalcon
Exactly. Lack of parenting is the real problem.
By noobst3R (SI Core) on May 23, 2013
noobst3R
*insert giant "You don't say" face here*
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
SiyaenSokol
There is a saying that says, you can blame everything that you have become on your parents, because they are the ones that raised you.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
SiyaenSokol
But then again, you do come to a certain point of life, where you get to make your own choices, and change can always be made.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
FoolWolf
It is in the head of people to di violence - some can control it some can't. The factors behind it is so very individual so to blame this or that just shows stupidity - which in many cases can inspire violence. More justifiably so according to some...

I do believe that violent videogames can "inspire", but so can books, news, deeds, religion, music, prose, rallying, talks, nature, flicker of lights - everything depending on the state of the individual.

in the end - you can't ban life - and life is full of situations that inspire and causes violence. To look at the bigger portions isn't a vaste of time to minimize it as much as possible, but then it is neither parents nor videogames that are the main areas. Social structure around the individual. Those larger institutions that comes in contact with kids in less regular order that can easier spot symptoms. Parents are easily blinded by affection, love and hope as are neighbours etc. Intimica makes you less prone to think of evil/agression in someones nature than those distant from you. Psychology. To spend more time learning about the human psyche and how to help and spot those that is in need of help at an earlier stage of sickness or alienations from society etc...

Bla bla bla - nothing really new.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on May 25, 2013
nocutius
1000 studies later we'll still be having these monologues cause the other side only cares about spreading their own narration and the truth simply doesn't matter, it never did and it never will.