The media and politicians have been sounding the alarm for years, and with every fresh tragedy involving a young perpetrator comes another flurry of articles about the dangers of violent media. The problem is this: Their fear isn't supported by the evidence. In fact, unlike the video game-trained murder machines depicted in the press, school shooters are actually less likely to be interested in violent games than their peers. In reality, most well-adjusted children and teenagers play violent video games, all without ever exhibiting violent behavior in real life.
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Is video game addiction a real thing?
"Video Games Aren’t Addictive" is from the March 31, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Christopher J. Ferguson and Patrick Markey and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
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