Violent video games blamed for violent behavior

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - After recent mass shootings, several politicians, including President Trump have claimed that violent video games have influenced violent behavior.

Video games may include violent content, but according to expert Nick Bowman, there’s very little research that suggests doing something in a video game will lead you to do it in real life.

Bowman is an associate professor of journalism and creative media industries at Texas Tech University. He previously spent eight years at West Virginia University, and contributed to a book on how video games affect people, titled “The Video Game Debate: Unraveling the Physical, Social, and Psychological Effects of Video Games.”

Bowman says that if anything, negative reactions from video games typically come from losing at them and getting frustrated, but the same thing can happen in other everyday life situations.

"At best, there’s some mild agitations that come at the extreme end of the scale for certain children who already have socioemotional problems and in that case, there’s lots of things you need to be doing at that point. Short answer, taking games off the shelf is not going to solve our problems. And I wish we’d spend our money and time looking at the real issues,” said Bowman.