For Science: Meta-analysis of aggression studies shows no link between aggression and video games

    
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For Science: Meta-analysis of aggression studies shows no link between aggression and video games

Do video games make people violent? The dispatch from the APA back in March certainly seems to indicate that it thinks so, which runs counter to what even researchers connected to the studies cited believed. But a new meta-analysis released on the Royal Society site went through 28 different studies and analyzed the data from all of them to see if a connection could be found.

Turns out that the meta-analysis revealed quite the opposite. Not only did the individual studies show a very poor and potentially irrelevant correlation between short-term aggression and video games, the correlation grew even weaker the larger the sample sizes and the longer the period of data collection went on. Obviously, this is not in and of itself a nail in the coffin for the notion, because that’s not how science works; however, it seems to pretty solidly indicate that the correlation just isn’t there to support the claim.

Source: Royal Society; thanks to Eliot for the tip!

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David Goodman

To the absolutely surprise and shock of nobody who wasn’t already convinced there was a link.

Honestly, we’ve already done this study. We’ve done it several times, in fact. We’re replicated the findings – it’s scientifically proven – to the best of our ability to do so – over a large and varied sample size over a long period of time, that video games do not cause an increase in aggression or violance any more than watching That News Channel You Disagree With does.

But the people who make the accusation are not actually interested in whether there’s a link or not. They want to make waves and get in the spotlight for making the wave. They’ve never cared about the subject matter in the first place and they won’t the next time this comes up inevitably again.

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Bryan Correll

How can you possibly site scientific studies when you should be THINKING OF THE CHILDREN!

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Peregrine Falcon

While studies show that video games don’t make you aggressive, don’t forget that they can make you a Nazi. At least according to Extra Credits!

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Jon Wax

Studies like these make me want to punch a whole in the wall!!!

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xpsync

NO SHIT? WOW! OMG! WHO WOULD’VE THUNK IT?

…quiet voice /only every f’ing gamer alive who’s been telling you since doom, you create a job science what the f ever you think you are…

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Robert Mann

A.G.A.I.N. Always Getting Accused by Infantile Nonsense. Hurrah!

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Sorenthaz

Competitive games can draw out aggression in the sense of making folks frustrated/etc., but the worst that leads to 99.9% of the time is some trash talk/toxicity. Some who might be bad at controlling themselves physically could smash a keyboard or break a controller or something but that’s pretty rare/uncommon. Then there’s the very very rare occurrence where some s-lords decide to DDOS or SWAT someone. But there’s usually deeper issues beyond just emotion control for that nonsense.

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Robert Mann

^.

Those who do, generally exhibit bad behaviors normally, and those who don’t do so when frustrated or angry. The help they need isn’t to stop playing games, but to… get the help they need with that.

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Jon Wax

Cmon man

I’ve seen grown ups lose their proverbial shit over sports games they were watching

It’s like, you’re not even playing, wtf?

Nobody screaming about how watching the NFL leads to aggro behavior

This is just the modern version of “those kids and their damned rock and roll!!”

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Rndomuser

I remember writing a paper about this back in my university in 2004 or so. It’s sad that someone is still trying to look for something that is not there, despite many other researches, especially when politicians try to do this. A waste of money and time.

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Andrew Ross

It’s not necessarily a waste because it confirms once again that this isn’t a thing. Remember, science works because findings should repeat themselves. If you can’t repeat findings, then there’s a problem somewhere.

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traja

This has been a dead topic to research for many years already, if not for the political implications of it. When a causal connection is real and significant the evidence for it keeps getting stronger over time as studies come out, and that is just not what has been happening with the suggested connection between violence and gaming.

Still, a meta-analysis is one of the best things to point out when this topic is inevitably brought up again.

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Jon Wax

In their spare time they’re still chasing down the whole dungeon and dragons satanism thing. Should break wide open any day now