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Dartmouth study draws links to video games, youth aggression

HANOVER, N.H. (WCAX) A new study from Dartmouth College says violent video games played by adolescents are linked to increases in physical aggression over time.

Dartmouth researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 24 studies from around the world from 2010 to 2017 with more than 17,000 participants, ages nine to 19. They found a connection with violent games and increased aggression, including hitting someone or being sent to the principal’s office for fighting.

“So you might not be able to prohibit your kids to being exposed to this kind of media violence — video games being one, but movies being another — but just the simple decrease of it is plausible to think that that can have an effect on the child’s behavior,” said Jay Hull, a co-author of the study.

The research was grant-funded and included a similar video game study conducted at Dartmouth.


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