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Study – 75% of parents believe violence in video games contribute to violence in the US

Friday, 11 January 2013 14:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Common Sense Media has released the results of a study conducted in the US, which found that 75% of parents surveyed believe violence in video games contributes to violence in
the United States.

The survey was conducted January 4-5, 2013, and 1,050 parents across 50 states with a child of under 18 years living at home participated.

Of those, 89% felt violence in today’s video games is a “problem,” and 75% felt shielding children from violence is “difficult.”

All parents were shown a video advertisement for Hitman: Absolution, and 84% felts the advertisement was “inappropriate to show on TV at a time when
children are watching.”

In fairness, we personally never saw the ad aired at a time when children would be watching – then again, we don’t watch a copious amount of television. When we do, it’s usually TBS or Adult Swim.

Participants were also asked if movie and video game ratings allowed parents to make informed decisions about violent content. 68% said “Yes”, 23% said “No” and 9% weren’t sure.

77% felt violence on TV and in movies contributed to overall violence in the US as well, and 64% said violent toys were also a factor. 92% said bullying also contributed to violence.

In all, 93% of parents admitted that a lack of supervision for children contributed to violence.

You can read the full results here.

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26 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    I do, that is all.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Ignorant people believing in ignorant things.

    Moving on.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. miketheiron

    These kinds of surveys are a terrible distraction. The idea that the surveyed opinion of individual parents, only monitoring their own children, can have anything substantial to add to the very wide-reaching subject of the behavioural effects of videogame portrayals of violence is preposterous.

    This is an incredibly important subject, and must be treated appropriately. As such, only properly conducted research can usefully inform the discussion – hearsay and speculation (of which this survey is a perfect example) is less than useless, it negatively affects the quality of the debate.

    By all means engage parents, but simply taking their opinions and presenting them as some form of analysis, rather than the raw data it is, is dangerous.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    The last one is the headline stat. “93% of parents admitted that a lack of supervision for children contributed to violence.”. So the conclusion of where the problem lies is …

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    Here’s an obvious question.

    If 75% of parents think that violence in video games causes violent behaviour… then why are they buying them for their kids in their first place?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. sonny

    7% of parents said that parenting had nothing to do with it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Deacon

    I would expect this tbh. A lot of these parents probably have little knowledge of games in general.

    I hope that as the years progress and 80′s/90′s kids become the parents that these statistics aren’t quite so negative.

    These 89% probably still buy little Jimmy his CoD every year.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @5, That’s usually when the “I don’t buy it for them but they play it at a friends house” statement, or something like it, comes in.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 Which is probably bull in most cases. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen parents in my local video store buying stuff like Grand Theft Auto for their 6 year old.

    Spineless parents have only themselves to blame.

    I don’t believe that violent video game inherently cause violent behaviour, but I don’t let my kids near any of the few overly graphic or overly violent games that I own, simply because I don’t think young kids don’t need that sort of visual stimuli in their life on a regular basis. As they get older, they can make the decision for themselves.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    The thing is I didn’t say cause. I agree that they contribute. As does all media. As does almost all of the pressures on childern, internal and external. Hell it is in our genetic code. But to be so dedicated to your hobby that you can’t even admit that yes, games do influence people is rather one sided imo.

    This debate has been done to death. But there is a hella lot more to it then just simply bad parrents. But yes ignorant parenting is also a contributer. Tbh, there is a lot of blame to go around. But I doubt banning, limiting or even slightly restricing violent games will solve anything.

    I didn’t have games when I was growing up, didn’t stop me and my friends from pretending to kill each other. We called it Cowboys and Indians. We saw them on TV, and we played them in the backyard.

    I don’t think game cause violent outbursts, ie cause school shooting. I think kids today are under extreme social pressures that didn’t exsist 40 years ago. Bullying is an extreme problem too(worse then it used to be imo), because there is no where to get away from it. I used to come home and the social crowd was gone. Todays kids come home and log into something(facebook, twitter, XBL, even turning on their phones/texts) and those same kids that hounded them all day long can pop up and be right in their faces again.

    It has to be tuff. I wouldn’t want to be a kid again, not in todays world.

    And while sometimes violent gaming can be a triger for violent outbursts, often times violent gaming is an outlet instead(where is the study to show gaming reduces tension and displays of violence)? But games or not the problem is still there lurking underneath the surface, imo.

    So do I think violent games contribute? Yes I do.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Kabby

    In America it’s always someone else’s fault.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    how about research into mind alter drugs

    The Truthseeker: Schools, Guns & Drugs (E6)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1VzKb7IUGk

    #12 2 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    It’s the suicide pills, the massmurder pills! We have to stop those! 1776 will commence again!

    Just ask yourself this: How many great white sharks kill people every year but they are afraid to swim?

    Exactly! There is no metal shark in the water!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    @13

    Edward Bernays Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me. Do you have statics on drugs (pills) vs guns deaths before you go speaking?

    Did Tony Blair and Gorge Bush ever find their weapons of mass destruction in Iraq ?

    Did you ever ask your self question who owns the media?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Lol, you think i was being serious? :D

    Anyway, watch that video to understand what i’m talking about:

    http://youtu.be/371FxceOb-Y

    This guy is fucking hilarious.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    yea it is funny I have to admit lol

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Cobra951

    The idiocy never ends, especially while the media focuses on it in its feeding frenzy over a tragedy. I wonder how many of those parents remember what they did for entertainment as children, particularly the fathers. I played war, and cowboys and indians with other kids. I also had a Sheridan Blue Streak 5mm pellet rifle and a 40-lb fiberglass bow at the age of 12. I should be a mass murderer now, according to the “wisdom” of 3 out of 4 surveyed parents.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. sh4dow

    @4: Exactly. But nobody dares to tell people that they’re shitty parents. Just like nobody dares to tell people that it’s not such a good idea to keep reproducing like crazy anyway. For different reasons but both are the probably biggest issues involving children today.
    There are too many of them as it is, yet people keep pushing one out after the other, so that there are yet even more they can not pay enough attention to and screw up in other ways as well.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: It’s only dumb people that are reproducing like crazy (What’s a condom?), which is why people in general are getting dumber.

    Honey Boo Boo. That is all the prove you need.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Cobra951

    @19, yes, idiocracy. Here in the US we paid the most indigent to have the most children for decades. See the results now.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. orakaa

    @12 : EXACTLY
    In most mass murdering cases, killers were under psychiatric meds whose side-effects included “violent behaviors”, “suicidal tendencies”, etc.
    My own aunt received psychiatric meds because she was advised to do so by her “doctor” for many years.
    She went from being a normal person to try to kill her brother (my own father) in front of me.

    So you’ll hear video games, guns, etc, to be blamed in public media… but most of the time, nothing on those drugs (who once again, are recognized to generate aggressive behaviors, NOT video games)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. deathm00n

    What I always say: It’s natural to have the need to beat something, kill something, yell at something, it’s of the nature of the human being. Some people have this feeling more than others, some people are stressed out to the point where this become a predominant feeling. Normally, people who play video games have their chance to discharge this, if I kill someone in COD I feel awarded and I have fun, you leave your stress at the digital enemies. But if even after playing you still need to kill something and still stressed then you have something wrong, some medicine, mental problem, psychiatric problem. I’m just stating my opinion, this is what I think, since when I’m really stressed I simply play and minutes later I’m fine, I feel calm.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. sh4dow

    @20: It’s not just in the US. The whole global economy is based on never-ending expansion. Which is why many countries give financial incentives to people for “breeding”. It helps… no, is required… to meet their profit projections.
    I just hope I won’t be alive any more when those morons finally realize that you simply can’t do that on a planet with finite resources. But… I think it’s more likely that the “problem humanity” will resolve itself before it even reaches that point anyway. Unfortunately.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Diingo

    Before movies, games & music – humans were contributing to violence.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. a7md1990

    If they believe it so much, why do they keep buying them those +18 games?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SinAscendant

    I find this pretty suspect.

    In the first place, they state their margin of error to be +-1.7%. That would require a sample size of nearly 6000 people, not 1050. 1050 gives an approximately 4% margin of error.

    Also, I’m not sure where the 75% number came from, as the study itself says “45% believe it is a major problem and 44% believe it is a minor problem), which adds up to 89% anyway.

    Then there is the fact that they skewed the study by showing the violent video game advert early on in the study, which of course will change the answers given after they’ve viewed it.

    And of course there are things such as “Does the current system of movie and video game ratings allow parents to make informed decisions about content” in which 32% answered no or unsure, which signifies a lack of understanding and comprehension among almost a third of the study group.

    Then you run into other kinds of sampling bias, such as the people who think studies on violent video games are ridiculous and refuse to take them, or people with unlisted numbers (who are generally going to be just slightly more technologically adept than the others, I would think), or other categories with similar situations.

    Basically, there’s no way to know if these answers were skewed; and in any case the introduction of an extremely violent video game ad, and the wording of the question, skew peoples’ perceptions and cause them to be more likely to answer in the negative. You also have to factor in the fact that they are talking to a real person (I assume, I could be wrong on that one) which also makes them more likely to choose the route that would be seen as ‘right’ by the other person.

    #26 2 years ago

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    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]