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Violent games can lower sympathy in kids


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There are several research studies that examine the link between video game violence and aggression in children. But, Professor Edward T. Vieria's new study takes a different approach and says children's exposure to violent video games can impact their ability to develop empathy and sympathy for others.

The study, published in the 2011 spring/summer edition of the Journal of Children and Media, is the first of its kind to examine how violent games affect the development of moral reasoning in children ages 7-15. It found that kids who play video games for long periods of time can perceive that some types of violence are O.K., or "right."

Professor Vieria says:

"Certainly not every child who continues to play violent video games is going to go out and perpetrate a violent act, but the research suggests that children -- particularly boys -- who are frequently exposed to these violent games are absorbing a sanitized message of 'no consequences for violence' from this play behavior."

Read more about the study:

Violent Video Games Can Hinder Development, Simmons Study Finds

Violent games linked to lowered sympathy in kids


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