This one is near and dear to my heart:
Everyone just knows that violence is on the rise, especially among kids. Everyone just knows that violent video games have something to do with it. Except violence isn’t on the rise, as we showed in our “Sky isn’t falling episode”. And there’s really no evidence that video games are the cause of violence anyway. Step away from my video games!
For those of you who came here for references, here are some:
- Evidence for publication bias in video game violence effects literature: A meta-analytic review
- The Hitman study: Violent video game exposure effects on aggressive behavior, hostile feelings, and depression
- Causal or spurious: Using propensity score matching to detangle the relationship between violent video games and violent behavior
- Summary of’ Violent computer games and aggression – an overview of the research 2000-2011
- Ten-country comparison suggests there’s little or no link between video games and gun murders
- As Video Game Sales Climb Year Over Year, Violent Crime Continues To Fall
- Defending video games: Breeding evil?
- Video Gaming: Chasing the Dream
- Sandy Hook Shooting: Video Games Blamed, Again