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Violent video games are like peanut butter... -- Videogam.in Sblog

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Violent video games are like peanut butter... They are harmless for the vast majority of kids but are harmful to a small minority with pre-existing personality or mental health problems... Recent research has shown that as video games have become more popular, children in the United States and Europe are having fewer behavior problems, are less violent and score better on standardized tests.

Christopher Ferguson, of Texas A&M International University12

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  1. Reuters: Violent videogames harmless for most kids

  2. via Son_Gara

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  1. I think basically everyone agrees that video games can be useful educational tools. After all, when most people are concerned about their kids playing too many video games they aren't talking Math Blaster!. We are well accustomed the idea that games are tools for learning.

    This is an interesting finding concerning violent games and fits with common sense. A logical follow-up research question would concern development skills of young children that play a lot violent and/or highly sexualized video games. We know they improve some skill sets, but how much are they hampering others? If at all, of course. And if there is improvement, how much better served would a child be if they played something like baseball instead to improve that skill?

    As much as I love video games, I think the public and gamers need to be a bit more thoughtful about potential harms and benefits. One group too eager to accuse fault, the other too proud to admit when it might be true.

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