Violent videogames linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse
Published on Aug 4, 2014 9:03 PM
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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