For years, scientists have been studying whether violent video games are harmful to teens, but their findings have often contradicted one another. Now, three researchers have analyzed the data from experts who filed briefs in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving violent video games.
The case, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, decides whether California can ban the sale or rental of violent video games to kids under 18.
They found that experts who believe violent video games are harmful to teens published more evidence than those who do not believe they are harmful.
“The evidence suggests that those who argue violent video games are harmful have a lot more experience and stronger credentials than those who argue otherwise,” said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.
The researchers looked at how many articles and books the experts published on media violence and aggression. Bushman said the research “provides strong support for the argument that video game violence is indeed harmful.”