Research has been mixed on the connection between gaming and aggressive behavior, but one new international study suggests that yes, violent video games may affect some children’s behavior over time.
Do video games cause bad behavior?
For decades, researchers have conducted studies to find out whether violent video games lead to problems such as aggression, lack of empathy and poor performance in school. Many studies have found that people who play violent video games are more likely to engage in aggressive behavior.
Do video games affect your brain?
Video games and brain changes
A growing body of evidence, however, shows that video gaming can affect the brain and, furthermore, cause changes in many regions of the brain. Game addicts have functional and structural changes in the neural reward system. For example, video game use is known to affect attention.
Does video games affect children’s Behaviour?
Younger children and those with emotional, behavioral or learning problems may be more influenced by violent images. In moderation, playing age-appropriate games can be enjoyable and healthy. Some video games may promote learning, problem solving and help with the development of fine motor skills and coordination.