Violent Video Games May Reduce Hostility and Depression

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A researcher at Texas A&M International University has published research arguing that playing violent video games may help players reduce stress and become both less depressed and hostile. Read on for more details:
Published in "European Psychologist," Volume 15, 2010, Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson studied 103 college-age adults. These participants were given a "Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task," designed to cause frustration and then given the opportunity to play one of three games (Hitman: Blood Money, Call of Duty 2 and Madden 2007) or no game.

The games were chosen so that participants played " game, a non-violent game, a violent game with good versus evil theme, or a violent game in which they played 'the bad guy.'" The study suggested that short term violent game exposure did not increase aggressive behavior in the laboratory, but that long-term exposure to violent video games reduced hostility and depression related to a stressful task.

Ferguson emphasized that the results were correlational, but also noted that video games could be a therapy tool that helps people work through real-life frustrations, making them less depressed and hostile.

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