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Do video games cause violence?

Posted on: April 26, 2017

This video with the clickbait title follows the Betteridge Law. This is any headline asked as a question that can be answered no.


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The answers are more nuanced. After reviewing some research, Hank Green concluded by pointing out that the differences of gamers and the nature of games mattered first.

Something similar could be asked of and answered about any technology enhanced or enabled process, e.g., do iPads improve grades, does access to social media harm socialisation, do algorithms boost teaching?

The nature of people and what they do matters. Let’s not be tricked by the press squeezing the low-hanging fruit and vendors leveraging on what you do not know.

Just as video games do not cause the type of violence you read about in newspaper headlines, the good that you see in technology-mediated interventions are not the due to technology alone. It is part of a socio-technical system and the social part is too rich and complex to have a simple answer.

1 Response to "Do video games cause violence?"

No video games do not cause violence as EVERY study on the topic for the last 25 years has shown that. Also violent crime rates have consistently dropped over that time frame.

Source FBI stats

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