Wednesday, February 25, 2009

They Know "Comfortably Numb" is Friggin' Awesome, Right?

Violent Media Numb Viewers To The Pain Of Others

Another study designed to support an established behavioral theory. i.e. video games are bad.

Let me make a list of things I think could generate similar results:
  • A bad day at work
  • Traffic Jam
  • Headache
  • Most media I define as 'awesome'
  • Pink Floyd, Slipknot, or Barry Manilow
  • Dealing with agressive pan-handlers daily
  • Being hungry
  • Being full
  • Wearing orange (don't know until you test it.)
My point: Lots of things can impact how we react to a given situation, particularly in the short term. People are drastically impacted by their environment, and video games are a kind of environment. Have the kids play violent video games for a year and see how they act (compared to a control) a year later. That might hold some weight.

I particularly like how the article paints the research as "[filling] an important research gap in the literature on the impact of violent media."



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