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New study links violent video games to physical aggression

A new study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth University and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences links violent video games — such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call of Duty” — to outward physical aggression in players. What are the details? Researchers conducted 24 studies between 2010 and 2017 that included more than 17,000 participants ranging in age from 9 to 19. Researchers followed the participants from three months to four years. Each of the 24 studies examined if — and how — playing what was considered to be violent video games impacted the child’ or adolescent’s real-life behaviors. The participants were monitored for their physical behaviors, such as if they hit people, engaged in fighting, or were disciplined in school. The university’s researchers concluded that “effects of violent video games extend to meaningful behaviors in the real world.” “These findings support the general claim that violent video game play is associated with increases …

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