In a previous post, I talked about how parents were responsible for their children’s video games and video game habits. While it wasn’t the subject of my rant, it did touch briefly on the connection between video games and violence.
Last night on X-Play they had a very interesting interview with two researchers who had just recently writen the book Grand Theft Childhood and shared some of their findings on the matter:
My wife and I both watched it, and discussed what we thought it meant overall. It’s perhaps a bit misleading to say that if your child DOESN’T play video games then they turn violent. Instead, I believe they were more referring to the fact that it’s natural for boys to do what other boys are doing (you could substitute motorcycles, or tattoos, or needlework for video games in the example then).
I’d be even more interested to learn what they meant when they said “certain behavior of play”. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m probably going to. I would suggest anyone else with kids do the same.