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Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Here's what the UK thinks
A new study from YouGov appears to suggest that the more familiar a person is with video games in general, the less they believe that there is a connection between in-game violence, and real-life violence.
The debate surrounding whether video games cause real-world violence and aggression continues to rage on as it always has -- especially with the launch of Grand Theft Auto V last week. A new study from UK-based market research firm YouGov this week suggests that the more familiar a person is with video games in general, the less they believe that there is a connection between in-game violence and real-life violence. Dr. Andrew Przybylski, a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, surveyed nearly 2,000 adults in the UK, with a wide ranging mix of ages, beliefs and experience with video games. Of those surveyed, around 53 percent said they play games, with 19 percent saying they play games "most days." The survey found that 61 percent of UK residents believe that playing video games can be a cause of real-world violence and aggression. Breaking down the data reveals far more interesting statistics, however. Take the age break-down, for example -- most of the people surveyed between the ages of 18 and 39 disagreed that video games caused real-life aggression, while an overwhelming number of 60+ year olds said there was a link (79 percent, in fact).
In other words, the older the person surveyed, the more likely they were to believe that there's a connection between video game violence and real-life violence. The older people surveyed also were more likely to disagree that video games can be utilized as an outlet for frustrations and aggression.