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Video games linked to aggressive behaviour in kids says Singapore study

Published on Mar 25, 2014 4:36 AM
Underage gamers bought copies of video game "Grand Theft Auto 5" without any problems. -- NP FILE PHOTO: NG JUN SEN

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Youths who play video games are more likely to think and act in aggressive ways, suggested a study out Monday of more than 3,000 schoolchildren in Singapore.

The research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association, was based on more than 3,034 children who were studied over the course of three years.

Frequent use of video games was linked to higher rates of aggressive behaviours and thoughts, according to self-reported answers to survey questions by the children.

The participants' average age was 11 at the start of the study, and three-quarters of them were boys.

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