Probably the opposite. Aside from the cognitive and critical thinking benefits of playing video games, a handful of studies show that people who spend more time playing games spend less time participating in deviant behaviors. Some researchers speculate that this phenomena could also be part of the overall decline in crime over the last 15-20 years.
Actually studies indicate that video games provide an outlet for aggression, as well as a relief of tension. So far there is nothing other than a minor correlation to suggest they do. However, correlation isn't causation, otherwise Ice cream would be responsible for higher homicide rates.
No, there are a couple studies that claim there are links, but quite a few of those have been paid for by politicians with an agenda. There have been far more studies to show that as long as there is parental involvement and restraint video games are actually good for both the child and the family dynamic.
Children who play action (such as war or fighting) games have been shown to be able to make decisions 25% faster without accuracy being impacted. They've also tested 23 % higher in creative testing.
On top of that it has also been shown that playing video games can increase IQ. Gaming stimulates growth of new neurons and connectivity in the parts of the brain responsible for fine motor skills and memory formation. Video gaming has time and time again been proven effective in many parts of the brain and for many illnesses including many mental disorders and Autism.
The few studies who find bad in video gaming refuse to acknowledge parental involvement, which is the key to anything when it comes to kids. With the right parental influence the evidence time and time again shows that video games are a good thing for kids. We should all be playing with the amount of evidence showing how good it is. It's like exercise for the brain.
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Of course they do. So do rock music, television, movies, comic books, and fried foods.
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