We all game in order to escape from reality for a time and to spend time in virtual worlds where normal rules and norms are not there to hold us down, which can be tons of fun. However, research conducted on gaming has brought forward results that state that violent games can be a bad thing for kids. The debate about videogame violence is a pretty old one, but new evidence suggests that this debate might actually be worth listening to.
Humans, especially children are known for conforming to the norms of their social groups, research has suggested that the same videogame titles played by children can result in their group norms being affected adversely. According to Tobias Greitemeyer, aggressive video games can not only increase aggression in the player, but also in the people who are a part of their social network. This association of gaming and aggression is backed by evidence from several past studies that have highlighted the relation between psychological constructs and network ties.
A detailed study was conducted in order to find out whether gaming induced aggression can spread from one person to another, the survey that was conducted to prove this involved 998 participants of an average age of 37 years. The participants were equally divided between women and men and each one was asked how often they play violet videogames. The participant’s responses were noted down on a scale of one to seven and after this, further tests were conducted in order to ascertain their aggressive behaviour.
After being asked questions related to their aggression, they were made to answer the same set of questions for five people who were closest to them. The results of this entire study showed that even a single violent gamer in a social network could result in there being a spread of aggression throughout the entire network.
While Tobias (the head of this study) has stated that there is no proof of causality to go on, these results can still be thought of as disturbing and should be given greater concern in order to keep aggression from spreading to a societal level.