UK Study: Playing Videogames Does Not Create Conduct Problems in Kids
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in June 2011 that California could not restrict the sale of “violent” video games to anyone under the age of 18, mainly because the law was unconstitutional, but also because, after examining the many studies on the subject, SCOTUS found no concrete link between games and real world violence. That ruling, seemingly the definitive conclusion to the “video games did it” silliness, apparently means nothing to numerous politicians who continue to insist games are the root of all evil.
Yes, in states all across the country as well as in our nation’s capital, politicians are once again putting forward legislation to study violent games in hopes of discovering a smoking digital gun which would then be used in yet another attempt to ban games. Most notably, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller believes that, “Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons.” Rockefeller wants the National Academy of Sciences to conduct the comprehensive study on the subject.
Turns out, there was already a massive study on the impact of kids playing games underway. In fact, the 10-year study of more than 13,000 children in the UK, which looked at the psychosocial impact of video games as well as television viewing, is now complete.