Boys and video games—what do the experts say? Show Notes

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Host(s):
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There’s more disturbing news about kids and video games.

Psychologists Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan have written a new book entitled The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.   One of the concerns they raise in the book is the impact of video games on boys.

Drs. Zimbardo and Duncan point out that violent video games may cause boys to be more aggressive. That’s because those games reward players for violent acts, allowing them to move to the next level in the game.

They also believe video games may cause socialization problems, because some boys who play them become desensitized to reality and real-life interactions with other people.

And listen to this—ABC News reports that mass-killer Anders Breivik spent hours each day playing the online fantasy role-playing game World of Warcraft.


Breivik is the man who has confessed to shooting and killing 77 people in Norway last summer. Prosecutors say Breivik averaged 7 hours of game time every day in the months leading up to his murderous assault. 

If you’re a parent, do you allow your kids to play violent video games? And even if the games they play aren’t violent, have you placed firm limits on the amount of time they spend in front of a screen each day? 

If not, I would encourage you to establish some new rules and guidelines in your home. For some practical advice on how to do this, check out Focus on the Family’s youth culture website,

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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