The release of a new video game that lets people shoot up a school, either as a criminal or Swat team has caused widespread outrage, with people saying access to material like this increases violence in children.
But, researcher and psychology professor at Stetson University in the US Christopher Ferguson says there is no evidence to support these claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected.
Ferguson has studied violent video games for almost 15 years.
We have studies of kids that we have tracked over time to see how playing shooter games impacts their lives and we can't find any evidence suggesting that shooter games that kids play predicts a later problem.— Christopher Ferguson, researcher and psychology professor at Stetson University
Some of the countries that consumes more video games like south Korea and Japan tend to be amongst the least violent countries in the world— Christopher Ferguson, researcher and psychology professor at Stetson University
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : No evidence to prove that video games perpetuate violence