Earlier this week a mom wrote to me asking for advice on games for her boys. Well some new research has come out that adds weight to the link between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine divided a sample of 22 young men into two groups. One group played violent, first-person shooter games for a week while the other didn’t play video games at all.
MRI scans were given before playing the games and at one- and two-week intervals afterward. At both the one- and two-week marks, gamers showed changes in the part of the brain involved in self-control and regulating emotion.
Study co-author Dr. Vincent Mathews says "[Other researchers] have shown increases in aggression after playing violent video games. We suspect our findings may be a physiological explanation for this."
While there was some return toward normal in gamers' brain functioning after two weeks, it still did not completely normalize. Dr. Matthews warns, "We don't know how long the effect lasts for those who play longer."
So we have one more study demonstrating the negative effects of playing violent video games. And this one found that players BRAINS are being altered—perhaps permanently.
If you’re a parent, God has given you the awesome responsibility of guiding and protecting your children. If you allow your kids to play violent video games, it’s time to wake up and pull the plug.