Video games are either the scourge of the Earth or a great way to spend some time with friends and family as well as an outlet for aggression depending on who you speak with. There have been many studies that have looked into the effects of video games on behavior and the studies have come down on all sides of the issue.
A new study claims to have found modest links between video games and poor relationships with family and friends. The study is from Brigham Young University undergrad student Alex Jensen and his faculty mentor Laura Walker. The results of the study were published in the January 23 issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
The study was based on the responses and information collected from 813 college students across the country. The study results reportedly found that as the time spent playing video games goes up, the relationships with peers and parents went down.
Walker said in a statement, "It may be that young adults remove themselves from important social settings to play video games, or that people who already struggle with relationships are trying to find other ways to spend their time. My guess is that it's some of both and becomes circular."
Jensen says he hoped to find justification for playing Madden NFL and Walker said the study results didn’t stand in the way of her family getting a Wii. The pair points these facts out as a way to show they are not anti-video game one could assume.
A statistical analysis also revealed that young adults who play video games more frequently also tend to undertake risky behaviors like drinking and drug abuse. Young women who play video games were also found more likely to have lower self-worth.
Walker says, "Relationship quality is one of a cluster of things that we found to be modestly associated with video games. The most striking part is that everything we found clustered around video game use is negative."
Video games and their link to violent behavior is one of the favorite study topics. A study from November of 2007 found no link between video games and violent behavior.
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quote: But to what you said...you're telling me its ok to kill in the name of God (everything from Christian Crusades to current day fanatics) when one of the 10 commandments is even thou shall not kill while when God says but when God says there are an exact amount of time in a day, we need to obey that? What if God said that it took 2 cyclyes of night and day to equal one 24 hour period?
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quote: The Bible was written by man. While the over all message of the good Book is the Lords, the writing is mans.
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quote: Also another thing, God is infinite.
quote: I have always felt, since I grew to the age of reason, that the Bible was not meant to be taken as literal as most tend to see it.
quote: At least God still has a home in politics, even if it is diminishing these days due to seperation of church and state.
quote: Wrong again.
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quote: Right, the difference between religions/cults and the Wright brothers is that the Wright brothers ideas could be proven or disproven. That's what makes them scientific.
quote: Since when is being agnostic considered being a member of a cult?
quote: Am I the only one that appreciates the scenario where someone calling themselves a “Poo Burner” tells someone else to grow up?
quote: The problem was the point of the study was the video game when it should have been focused on the real culprit addiction .
quote: They are trying to do a cause and effect with any real evidence
quote: EVERYONE has an agenda - be it financial, religious, political, etc. But at the end of the day you still need to argue the evidence, methodology and conclusion.
quote: That was done.
quote: Not surprising when you consider where the student body and faculty are from.
quote: Well, when the people were alive they testified to it in person to people. We figured we would excuse them now that they are dead.
quote: There is no agenda against video games from the Church, unless you consider the teaching "Everything in moderation" an agenda against them (and i guess everything else?).
quote: A new study claims to have found modest links between video games and poor relationships with family and friends.
quote: Only if we assume that chickens can only come out of chicken eggs.
quote: a blanket statement saying "video games are bad for relationships and people who play video games often do drugs"
quote: "Relationship quality is one of a cluster of things that we found to be modestly associated with video games," Walker said. "The most striking part is that everything we found clustered around video game use is negative."
quote: And despite heavy involvement with the research, Jensen does not admit the results to his own family. For now he holds out hope that future research will exonerate consoles or games designed for multiple players.
quote: So go read their actual published report if one comment they made in an interview bothers you so much.
quote: Maybe then you will have a better understanding why they made the statement.
quote: I think its pretty poor paste to make generalized statements about someone's research when the person admits they are too cheap to read said published research.
quote: For now he holds out hope that future research will exonerate consoles or games designed for multiple players.
quote: Study participants reported how often they play video games. They also answered a battery of questions measuring relationship quality, including how much time, trust, support and affection they share with friends and parents.
quote: A recent study by me has concluded that there is a strong correlation between stupid and all of your comments.
quote: Any causal relationship you perceive is a product of your own embelishment.
quote: Much more telling, is your clearly emotional reaction to this study and the many contradictions inherant in your post.
quote: You also say that a sounds study will speak for itself yet suggest the journalist should not even publish it.
quote: Clearly we're dealing with another mind rendered unsound by video games.
quote: To be honest, I don’t think what they are saying is all that far out. Saying that gaming can modestly reduce interaction with other people is true.
quote: It may be that young adults remove themselves from important social settings to play video games, or that people who already struggle with relationships are trying to find other ways to spend their time.
quote: Study: Video Games Lead to Poor Relationships
quote: The study is from Brigham Young University undergrad student Alex Jensen and his faculty mentor Laura Walker .