There have been many studies that link video games violence with real-world acts of violence. On the other hands, there are also studies that prove there isn’t any link between the two. There is no conclusive evidence but politicians and some mainstream media outlets feel it’s convenient to turn video games into scapegoats.
For the past year or so there has been plenty of debate over this topic and just when it was toned down, new research has sparked it again. According to research from Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, there is no link between aggressive behavior and violence video games.
This is the most conclusive study done on this date.
Unlike previous research on the topic, which relied heavily on self-reported data from teenagers, the study used information from parents and carers to judge the level of aggressive behavior in their children. Additionally, the content of the video games was classified using the official Pan European Game Information (EU) and Entertainment Software Rating Board (US) rating system, rather than only player’s perceptions of the amount of violence in the game.
The researchers found that previous studies were influenced by researcher bias. They distorted our understanding of the effects of video games. A crucial step taken in this new study is pre-registration, where researchers publically registered their hypothesis, methods, and analysis techniques before starting the research.
A total of 2,008 subjects were studied including both parents and their teens between the age of 14-15 years of age. Teenagers completed questions on their personality and gaming behavior over the past months while their parents answered questions about their child’s recent aggressive behavior.
In the end, the researchers found no link between aggressive behavior and video games.