'No link' between violent video games and teen aggression, study finds

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University of Oxford researchers say violent video games do not cause aggression in teens. Image: Getty

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Playing violent video games does not cause teenagers to be aggressive, according to a University of Oxford study.

Researchers surveyed around 1,000 British teens aged 14 and 15, as well as their parents or guardians, to test whether there was a link between the games and aggressive behaviour.

To carry out the study, teenagers provided reports of their recent gaming experiences, and parents or guardians provided accounts of any "aggressive behaviours" displayed by the teen in the previous month.



The researchers then assessed if recent violent game play was positively related to aggressive behaviour in the parents or guardians' accounts.

The study concluded that there was no connection between the games and behaviour, and the results have now been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.


'Game play didn't seem to matter'

People playing video games at a gaming convention in Tokyo. Image: Getty

The study was led by Professor Andrew Przybylski, director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute.

"What we found was that there are a lot of things that feed in to aggression," he told Sky News.

"There are some effects of gender and some people who are from different life backgrounds have higher or lower ratings, but video game play didn't really seem to matter here."