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Violent videogames linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse

Published on Aug 4, 2014 9:03 PM
 
A girl plays Ubisoft's "Far Cry 4" game at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014. Violent videogames glorifying antisocial characters could increase teenage gamers' risk of criminal and other risky behaviour like smoking and alcohol use, a US study said Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Violent videogames glorifying antisocial characters could increase teenage gamers' risk of criminal and other risky behaviour like smoking and alcohol use, a US study said Monday.

These adult-rated games also affect teenage users' self-image, according to the study by Dartmouth College researchers published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

A previous Dartmouth study published in 2012 had already found that such videogames could incite teens to drive carelessly.

Other studies have linked violent videogames to adolescent aggressiveness and violence.

 
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