Violent Video Games Make People Cheat and Eat SweetsAdded: Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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The recent research found out that playing violent video games not only increases aggression but also makes people cheat and eat more chocolate. These effects were strongest in young players who scored high on a scale for “moral disengagement” (ability to convince himself or herself that ethics don’t apply in a certain situation).
The research took place in Italy, with 170 teenagers playing a violent video game like Grand Theft Auto III, or a non-violent game like MiniGolf 3D, for 45 minutes. A bowl with chocolate was placed next to the gaming console, and the players were allowed to eat sweets, but warned that eating too much so fast was unhealthy. Surprisingly enough, the teens playing the violent games ate over 3 times as much chocolate as the other players. Perhaps, a more active game may result in a bigger appetite.
The next thing is about cheating. After the gaming session, the participants were given a 10-item logic test where they would get one ticket for a prize raffle for each correct answer. After finding out which answers were correct, the players were told to take their tickets while not being watched. Knowing exactly how many tickets were there, it could later be figured out whether a player had taken more than they had actually earned. So, violent game players cheated 8 times more often than nonviolent gamers.
Finally, the teens’ level of aggression was measured by having them play a game with an unseen fictional “partner” for the chance to blast the loser with a loud noise via headphones. Violent game players chose to blast their partners with louder and longer noises than nonviolent gamers. Although few teens remained unaffected by violent video games, the research in question could address the question of who was most likely to be affected.
According to the research, the effects were seen among both male and female participants. The surprising part was that the girls were more likely to eat extra chocolate, to cheat, and to act aggressively when they played Grand Theft Auto vs. the harmless mini golf or pinball game.
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Monday, December 2nd, 2013
|posted by (2013-12-03 03:17:23)|
|lol, Was there no other choices of snacks available?|
|posted by (2013-12-03 04:18:47)|
|gotta love that mini golf|
|I play both violent and non-violent video games and I always eat a lot of chocolate. But I would have eaten all the chocolate in the bowl and wanted more playing the mini-golf game instead of grand theft auto III, crysis, doom, duke nukem, fall out new vegas or what-ever other violent game because I get much more involved in violent games. But they are just games. Almost everyone understand that. Also I would not have blasted people with loud sounds on headphones. That would be funny but not cool. And cheating? I always try not to cheat but the truth is most of the so called "most successful people" only got where they are today because they cheat. What does that tell you? This article tells me they pre-selected the participants for the study in order to get a particular out-come. They seem to want to spout bullshit and demoneise violent games. Why do ass holes do that? There is nothing wrong with violent video games.......they are after all just games where no body gets hurt.|
|All I play is violent games and I dont cheat or eat sweets,nor do I get or feel more aggressive while playing. I smoke tons of weed while playing which is prob why I dont get agressive,and i'm to involved in the game to stop and eat sweets. It all depends on the individual playing the game I guess,everyone is different. The peeps that were blasting other players with loud noises thats easily explained,they suck at the game and they are sore losers so they take it out on on other players. You see this type of behaviour all the time if your a gamer,always some a hole with a mic talking nonsense because there getting their ass kicked in a match or whatever the case.|
|^^^ Right. I eat healthy, strictly fish, veggies, fruits, no red meats. I'm also very fit, so I dunno wtf this survey is talking about Lol.|
|I love playing violent games and I enjoy that sound of headshots |
However, I can't even hurt a fly in real life
|So this study does not state the cause of those behaviors?|
So this study means nothing. Furthermore, they dare state that "Very few teens are unaffected by violent videogames"
See those two statements.
1. Teens who have less than average self control enjoys violent videogames.
2. Teens who enjoys videogames have less than avg self control.
Now, those two.
1. Wrinkles are caused by an old age.
2. Old people are caused by wrinkles.
See where the logical fallacy lies?
It is hard not to see biased opinion of this study. Just because you've found a relationship between two things that does not mean one of them are the definite cause of one of those problem.
So,there is presence of bias in the study and that bias is called in statistics, a spurious relationship (or, sometimes, spurious correlation) is a mathematical relationship in which two events or variables have no direct causal connection, yet it may be wrongly inferred that they do, due to either coincidence or the presence of a certain third, unseen factor (referred to as a "confounding factor" or "lurking variable"). Suppose there is found to be a correlation between A and B. Aside from coincidence, there are three possible relationships:
A causes B,
B causes A,
C causes both A and B.
In the last case there is a spurious correlation between A and B. In a regression model where A is regressed on B but C is actually the true causal factor for A, this misleading choice of independent variable (B instead of C) is called specification error.
Here teenager mostly like to eat chocolate than others-not for playing Games!
I wish that they try to disprove this.
Furthermore I am not seeing the words "scientific", "academic", "peer-reviewed" or "statistically-relevant sample size" anywhere here...
|Indeed, on this site alone you can find dozens of articles suggesting a link and then the same denying. It's not a bad idea to show some healthy skepticism when making claims about personalities.|
One recent face-palming example was a neuroscientist who was looking through brain images of serial killers and find one that was way out there - but he actually had looked at his own. So brain images are often not going to pass the science smell test and surveys even less so. But this was not a bad experiment. It isn't conclusive, but it's not junk methodology either.
|I'm done for, I eat sweets and cheat at scrabble, damn Lara croft and her boobs. I think you'll find its the voices in their heads that make them psycho's, that and a domineering mother.|
Maybe violent game creators could also create a virtual Frasier to combat the effects < excuse the pun.
|I just wonder how much public money went into that useless survey????!!!!|
|posted by (2013-12-04 06:15:08)|
|What a load of bull-krap! Most italians are highly strung and cheat by nature..So what's new huh?? Does it take a study to tell us that..What a bunch useless info. Put some effort in combating crime and drug/people smugglers, try to find a cure for cancer and the like..then maybe we can talk. A$$holes!|
|posted by (2013-12-05 11:22:46)|
|I had just got done playing Hellbender, yes, The classic windows95 Hellbender game, the trial version that lets you go on forever before you finally get zapped! And I was chompin down a 10-ounce bag of chips an hour ago... I'm feelin insanely amped this morning (6:17am EST), therefore I will grab my ballpeen hammer and go out on a neighborhood bludgeoning spree smashing any remaining Halloween pumpkins on my neighbors' porches.|
|This is totally hilarious! In the recent months, gang and drug related violence has been pouring over out into our area. They were shooting each and almost one dead everyday. I'm pretty sure they acting out scenes of gta, maybe I should give them pinball instead, I'll feel so much safer. All the gangs in our country our pretty much killing each other but I think we might be onto a solution, pinball seems to be our only hope. This is not scientific but I can take a pretty good guess these gangster don't even know what GTA is. They come from poverty stricken areas and I'm sure they never owned a gaming pc or gaming console. There's a song from the band Tool called Vicarious were the vocalist explains that perhaps our need to play violent games and watch violence on TV is a need to express that part of ourselves that needs violence so that you don't need to act it out in real life, and those that don't play violent games and watch violence on TV become desensitized and might be more likely to act out violently. Makes a little sense...|
|You know what really makes people aggressive, chocolate eating, cheat addicts?|
Stupid moronic surveys like this one.
|posted by (2013-12-08 10:40:23)|
|Lol BS none forces you to play and sit for 20 hrs a day playing game gettign fat also. you make the choise|
|posted by (2013-12-09 06:26:45)|
|Recent studies have shown that researchers have run out of things to study.|
|agreed no.10 what a silly and pointless survey. .. ooh evryone who plays gtax wants to beat his wife, shag his nabour and sit back with a nice bag of jelly beans lol||
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