Medical News and Perspectives
April 21, 2004

Does Video Game Violence Sow Aggression?

JAMA. 2004;291(15):1822-1824. doi:10.1001/jama.291.15.1822

The two Colorado teenagers who killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in 1999 spent endless hours blasting opponents in violent video games. Millions of children and adolescents who will never touch an actual firearm continue to do the same.

Neither observation—no matter how loudly touted by those seeking or opposing restrictions on video game sales—explains how virtual violence impacts children.

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