There already have been studies that have essentially come to this same conclusion, but it can never be said enough times as long as we have a complicit media that seems to be more interested in ratings than the truth whenever there’s a school shooting, not to mention a whole older generation who didn’t grow up with games, but who like to pontificate about them like they’re experts on the subject. Most of them have never picked up a game controller in their life. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Baby Boomers.
Major new research into the effects of violent movies and video games has found no long-term links with real-life violence. The methodology of previous laboratory studies, which have used spikes in short-term aggressive behaviour to suggest a causal relationship between screened and real-life violence have also been questioned in the report, published in the Journal of Communication.
“Society has a limited amount of resources and attention to devote to the problem of reducing crime,” said Ferguson in a press statement. “There is a risk that identifying the wrong problem, such as media violence, may distract society from more pressing concerns such as poverty, education and vocational disparities and mental health. This research may help society focus on issues that really matter and avoid devoting unnecessary resources to the pursuit of moral agendas with little practical value.”