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Can Violent Video Games Cause Depression?

A new study has suggested that kids who play violent video games might be at a greater risk for depression. The study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School recorded significantly more depressive symptoms over the course of a year among fifth-graders from three U.S. cities who reported playing high-violence video games for 2 or more hours a day, compared to those who reported playing low-violence video games for less than 2 hours a day.

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SaveFerris1190d ago

Personally, violent video games don't depress me. Spending GBP40 on a bad (imo) game does.

thorstein1190d ago

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thorstein1190d ago

Problem with this methodology:

5th grader = 10 years of age.

Violent video games are designed for gamers above 16, 17, or 18 years of age.

If 10 year olds are playing violent video games, it could be because their parents aren't involved in their lives. Especially if they are playing 2+ hours per day. School 8-3. Gaming 4-7.

I wonder what other factors might contribute to the study as it seems very limited, though the population studied was varied.

rizzardcore1189d ago

Poor summary of a poorly-planned "scientific" study. Where's the control? Why differ the hours of play? What games were played, which portions, etc.