A study out of Iowa state found that violent video games are a factor in youth violence. Researchers studied the level of video game exposures for juvenile offenders who had committed multiple acts of violence.
Their findings, published in next month’s issue of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, indicated that “frequency of play and affinity for violent games were strongly associated with delinquent and violent behavior.”
Many have raised questions about the effect of violent video games following Newtown, including President Obama and Gov. Malloy. Investigators have said that gunman Adam Lanza had thousands of dollars worth of violent video games and was said to have spent time alone, playing games like ‘Call of Duty.’
“Can we say from this study that Adam Lanza, or any of the others, went off and killed people because of media violence? You can’t take the stand of the NRA that it’s strictly video games and not guns,” said Craig Anderson, Distinguished Professor of psychology and director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa Statesaid. “You also can’t take the stand of the entertainment industry that it has nothing to do with media violence that it’s all about guns and not about media violence. They’re both wrong and they’re both right, both are causal risk factors.”