Violent Video Games Can Stunt Moral Judgment
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2014 Feb 12
Spending too much time playing violent video games can delay a teen gamer's ability to tell the difference between right and wrong, a new Canadian study says.
Researchers at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., quizzed a group of eighth graders about their playing habits and also determined their stage of moral reasoning on a scale of one to four.
Researcher Mirjana Bajovic found those who played violent video games for three hours or longer each day were detached from the outside world.
"Spending too much time within the virtual world of violence may prevent (gamers) from getting involved in different positive social experiences in real life, and in developing a positive sense of what is right and wrong," Bajovic said in a press release.
But her study also found there was no correlation between the amount of time adolescents reported playing non-violent video games and their sociomoral reasoning levels.
The study was published in Educational Media International.