Friday Flame Wars: More Violent Video Game Studies?
In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the US government has called for a study of the relationship between video games and societal violence. Congress will fund research commissioned by the CDC into “the effects that violent video games have on young minds.”
Meanwhile, a bill introduced in Congress after the Connecticut shooting that called for a study into the effects of violent video games and other media on children died on January 2. Seven similar studies have been conducted by the FTC since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, and none of them found any link between violent video games and violence in children.
Is there some merit to further studying the effects of violent video games on children? Will society ever be content with any result other than a direct correlation between violence in games and violence in children? Are there better ways to prevent tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook?
Let’s hear what you think.