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New study reveals that violent video games do not cause teens’ aggression

While some put the blame on violent video games as the reason for teens’ aggressive behavior, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford and Cardiff University found no link between the two.

In a report published by medicalxpress.com, researchers Andrew Przybylski and Netta Weinstein conducted a study among 1,000 14- and 15-year-old adolescents of both genders and their parents and surveyed them about the video games the teens played and whether or not they think it affected their aggression.

The result of the study shows that roughly two-thirds of the boys and half of the girls played video games and that neither the teens nor their parents noticed any increase of aggressive behavior that could be related to violent video games.

There were also no changes found in the teens’ antisocial behavior.

However, the researchers noted that game playing occasionally resulted in angry outbursts, sometimes by teens playing alone, and sometimes between two teens playing against one another but referred to it as normal behavior arising during competitive play.

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