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Violent video games linked to aggressive thoughts, behaviour

Study of young gamers shows they are more likely to mirror aggression

Published on Mar 29, 2014 8:52 AM
 
A screenshot of video game Grand Theft Auto V. Playing violent video games, such as those depicting decapitation, could lead young people here to think and act more aggressively, said a study published on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: ROCKSTAR GAMES/SCREENSHOT

Playing violent video games, such as those depicting decapitation, could lead young people here to think and act more aggressively, said a study published on Monday.

The study of 3,034 primary and secondary school students here showed that those who played more violent video games tend to be more likely over time to commit acts of physical aggression, such as hitting someone who had angered them.

The Singapore study was one of the few here on the effects of violent games that featured a relatively big group of respondents and was done over a relatively long period of time.

Boys make up seven in 10 of those surveyed in the three-year study, started in 2007 by researchers from schools including the National Institute of Education (NIE).

 
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"If they, too, use aggression to deal with their children, it will reinforce that inappropriate behaviour. (Parents) also need to keep in touch with what their children are doing on the computer and the Internet.

- Mr Chong Ee Jay, assistant manager at Touch Cyber Wellness, on parents having to be aware of their own behaviour