The debate over violent video games‘ harm to their users continues as psychologist Patrick Markey of Villanova (Pa.) University release a study which shows that harm from the games may be more related to the user’s pre-disposition than the game itself.
In a study he co-wrote in the journal Review of General Psychology, he says “If you’re worried about a video game turning your son or daughter into a killer, don’t worry about that. But is your kid moody, impulsive, or are they unfriendly? It’s probably not the best idea to have that child play violent video games.”
“Video games are not simply good or bad for everybody,” he says. “But for some individuals who have certain dispositions, if they play video games they’re much more likely to be negatively affected.”
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