Sunday, June 22, 2014
Do Violent video games stoke violence?
Many people fear that the violence among young people is stimulated in part by first-person violent video games. A number of recent young mass murderers (e.g. Adam Lanza) were heavy consumers. The research results are mixed, but new research suggests that heavy exposure can result in slow moral growth and the erosion of the capacity for empathy. President Obama has suggested that Congress make funds available for more research on the issue. I agree with him for once.