Do Violent Video Games Cause Behavior Problems?


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According to research published in 'Psychology of Popular Media Culture' in July 2015, what do 67% of parents and 90% of pediatricians think about the causal link between violent video games and behavioral issues?

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1. When California tried to outlaw the sale of violent video games to minors, they were sued and lost a US Supreme Court decision by a 7-2 vote. What was the majority opinion of the causality link between violent video games and behavioral acts?

2. Studies purporting to show a link between violent video games and behavioral issues are often question by opponents. What shortcomings in these studies have been pointed out?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

The debate surrounding whether or not violent video games link to behavior problems is one of perpetual controversy. This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the ongoing arguments and ensure that you comprehend their strengths and fallacies. Practice applying your understanding of the facts by answering questions about military training, what parents and pediatricians think about the link between violent video games and problematic behavior, and a Supreme Court ruling.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you can expect to answer questions about:

  • Potential links between behavioral issues and violent gaming
  • California's Supreme Court ruling on the sale of violent games
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing research
  • Common explanations for and against a link between aggression and violent games

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced in these assessments include the following:

  • Making connections - use your knowledge bank of current debate, facts and studies to come to conclusions about whether violent gaming can lead to aggressive behavior
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Supreme Court's majority opinion about the relationship between violent gaming and aggressive behavior
  • Information recall - access your knowledge regarding the use of shooting games in the US military and the link between these types of games and violent behavior in children

Additional Learning

To learn more about violent video games and behavior issues, study the accompanying lesson called Do Violent Video Games Cause Behavior Problems? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about aggressive behavior and potential connections to violent gaming
  • Understand the statistical disconnects between mass shootings and violent gaming
  • Learn about decreases in violent crime among juveniles
  • Recognize flaws in scientific studies about gaming
  • Consider how gaming is used for military training and whether it raises the potential for violence
  • Understand the leading arguments about the connection between gaming and behavioral problems