Do violent video games drive young people to do things like shoot up schools? A lot of people are asking the question, including President Donald Trump, following last month’s mass shooting in Florida. He thinks the issue needs to be discussed but some are pushing back on this theory. Two decades of research has failed to show a direct link to the two. For example, a 2006 study found teens who play violent video games had more activity when it came to emotional arousal – but less activity in parts of the brain associated with planning or directing actions. Another study found men who commit severe acts of violence actually play fewer violent video games than average…and that violence tends to DROP when a new violent movie or video game comes out.
What do you think?