Do Violent Video Games Destroy Human Empathy?

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 2 Comments

Overexposure to violent video games decreases empathy towards others and blurs one's sense of what is right and wrong, according to arecent study at Brock University. The results of the study showed that this was not the case for casual gamers, but that it mainly held up for teenagers who play violent video games for an excessive amount of hours per day. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how moderation can prevent these negative effects, in this clip from the Lip News.

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  1.' Kyle McCormack says:

    …do you understand what a “biased position” is? You’re not providing information, you’re churning out propaganda. I’ve been playing video games since I was about three years old. I have an IQ of 138, my empathy is intact and lo and behold, I have yet to violently murder anyone! What, am I a “rare case” or something? This is ridiculous and unfounded. Just because a university releases some half-assed piece of “research” does not make it gospel, especially when it’s so clearly WRONG. How about you ask gamers, instead of old men who’ve never touched a game in their life?

    •' Lee says:

      I think the tone of your comment speaks for itself. We’re talking ‘lack of empathy’ not ‘murder’.

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