Recent: VP Biden on Violent Videogames

Proof that our class discussion today is as topical as ever, the VP was asked about his opinion on violent videogames:

“There’s no hard data on whether these excessively violent video games, in fact, cause people to engage in behavior that is antisocial, including using guns,” he said, referencing a noted American Academy of Pediatrics review of research that violent video games are strongly associated with aggressive behavior. ”They didn’t make the next connection saying that leads to violent behavior, but there’s no studies done,” Biden concludes.

Source: “Joe Biden Wins The Internet Again: The Best Quotes Of His Google+ Hangout” by Gregory Ferenstein, who for some weird reason chimes in his opinion on violent videogames,

I do agree with the fact that the preponderance of evidence does show a convincing link between actual physical aggression and violent video games.

It’s also true that there’s no good causal evidence showing a link between violence and video games (just physical aggression, like yelling and kicking), but that’s mainly because the relatively smaller population of gun offenders makes it difficult to do experimental and large-scale research. Also, even if a link were found, there’s no clear way that legislation could stop games getting into the hands of kids anyways.

Still, I agree with Biden that it couldn’t hurt to do more research.

Everybody has a belly button. Interestingly, his belly lint references almost all of the literature that Ferguson takes issue with. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that this author and Craig A. Anderson are homeboys.

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One Response to Recent: VP Biden on Violent Videogames

  1. cstabile says:

    Hmm. Not sure about the belly button analogy, but check out this from Ferenstein:

    Perhaps the best evidence shows that exposure to violent media predicts students’ verbal and physical aggression against their classmates, even controlling for parental involvement and aggressive tendencies. So-called “hostile attribution bias” finds that “when bumped in the hallway, aggressive children are more likely to assume that it was due to hostile intent rather than being an accident.” The longer students are exposed to violence, the more likely they are to threaten, kick, and shove their peers.

    Many questions. What are violent media? Are they including news in this equation? Do all violent media have the same effects, despite differences in consumption? Are “aggressive children” more likely to assume hostile intent because they are already aggressive?

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