Video Games reduce crime

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Not only has the US Supreme Court ruled that violent video games are protected speech, but a new study has also shown that video games are responsible for keeping crime levels down.

According to a study at done by the University of Texas, Baylor, video games – both violent and non-violent, were shown to actually help reduce crime.

The study, titledĀ “Understanding the Effects of Violent Video Games on Violent Crime” was done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Center for European Economic Research’s Information and Communication Technologies Research Group.

Although it did find similarities to previous studies as to linking video games and aggression, the study also discovered that playing video games actually reduced violent crime by keeping potential criminals off the streets and out of trouble. This was referred to as the “incapacitation effect” and found thatĀ “Overall, violent video games lead to decreases in violent crime.”

Also, recently, the BBC listed video games as one of its top 10 theories behind the drop in violent crime in the United States over the past 20 years.

Personally, this comes as no surprise. I have always believed that video games give people with violent tendencies a chance to act out those tendencies in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone. Not only is playing video games a great stress reliever, but it’s an outlet for violent emotions, as well.

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