Violent Video Games and Real Life (Part 2-Can Violent Games Cause Harm or Injury to our Kids?)

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Apr-2017

In our previous post, we discussed the science behind how violent video games can affect our children—how they may cause our children to act more aggressively without necessarily causing them to become violent or commit crimes. Now let’s look a little more closely at how game violence might affect our children directly: Can they cause our children mental, emotional or even physical harm?

Time Magazine posted an interesting article citing a study conducted at Indiana University in which a group of young adult men played both violent and non-violent games for extended periods of time. “Researchers found that those who played the violent video games showed less activity in areas that involved emotions, attention and inhibition of our impulses,” the article states. In following up a week later, the study revealed that some of these effects were lasting, suggesting that exposure to violent games may actually change how the brain functions.

Another article published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) offers a broader view, citing studies that suggest playing video games in general may be therapeutic or healthy for many people—for example, in physiotherapy or occupational therapy. However, the paper also admits the risk of potential negative consequences for some, including the risk of video game addiction, hand/wrist/neck injury, sparking seizures in epileptics, etc.


In almost all the studies we’ve discussed in these two blog posts, we see one consistent factor: The aggressive behaviors, changes in the brain or other negative outcomes occurred after prolonged exposure to the games. This fact suggests that moderation may be key. In our culture, we may not be able to shield our children completely from violent images, but we can limit the amount of time they spend interacting with them. Obviously, most children who play violent video games will not become violent criminals, but we can monitor our children’s activities and set safe boundaries if they seem to be vulnerable.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of violence, we can help. Call our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys for more information.
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