A new study by Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology suggests that most kids are not affected by video game violence. The study looked at 120 kids between 11 and 15 before and after a 20-minute Quake II session.
The results suggested that kids who showed signs of anxiety, neurotic behavior, and/or aggression before playing were more likely to show increased aggression after playing. Yet, the majority of participants seemed unaffected.
“(The idea that violent video games increase aggression is) the only message parents have ever received, and it’s just not accurate,” Grant Devilly, a Swineburne professor, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “You’ve got to basically read your own kid. If you have a quite hyper kid they will come down after playing a bit, but for the rest of the kids, the vast majority, it makes no difference at all in their general aggression rate.”