Skip to main content

View Diary: Stop Blaming Newtown Tragedy On Mental Illness (301 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Studies (0+ / 0-)

    The Engelhardt/Bartholow/Kerr study had subjects playing a violent game once, for 25 minutes. That is not comparable to chronic immersion in gaming, especially to the exclusion of most other activity. How many reports are there of people suddenly murdering after their first 25 minutes of violent gaming? The "aggression" that resulted in that study could be limited to merely raising their voices inside.

    The Engelhardt/Bartholow/Saults study showed that some people with higher original propensity for anger became more aggressive after playing a violent video game than those with lower original anger propensity. So given constant video game, what actually predicts the increased aggression is the individual's personality traits of anger potential. The study's claim "but only if they first played a violent video game" is suspect, because clearly people's anger potentials are triggered into aggression by activities other than violent video games every day.

    Both studies, by the core team of Engelhardt/Bartholow (an associate professor and a grad student), make overly broad claims about general psychology from their very narrow results. Then you take them and make even broader claims than that.

    Yeah, your kids got violent after watching a violent movie. Kids mimic what they see and try it out. But beyond relatively harmless boundary testing, nearly no kids don't go shooting up schools after gaming. The ones that do have always been found to have abusive parents and peers. Yet most kids play violent video games.

    It's pretty clear that the actual cause of the violence is the social indoctrination of the individual, not their gaming - even if gaming might (might) help people who are already unstable towards actual violence. Which is pretty well understood already, despite small amounts of evidence for the relatively minor contribution of the gaming.

    You should take more seriously the role of your parenting in your kids' aggression, instead of disproportionately blaming something that isn't as important. If you want to do something about it.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:05:19 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site