Violent Media != Violent Behavior

A team of scientists led by Dr. Cheryl Olsen studied 1254 seventh and eighth graders as well as 500 parents, analyzing what they played, how long they played it, and the correlation between games and violent behavior.

Two-thirds of fourteen year-old boys often play violent video-games. They found that kids played these games to challenge themselves, keep up with friends, create their own world, and relieve stress.


“Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior.” Massachusetts General Hospital, 26 Dec. 2012,

Samenow, Stanton E. “Watching Violence in the Media Does Not Cause Crime.” Psychology Today, 24 Feb. 2012,

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