No, Video Games Don't Make You More Violent, According To Science

Whenever tragic shootings occur in America, there's no shortage of finger-pointing in the aftermath. And politicians often lay the blame on violent video games that supposedly desensitize young gamers and promote violence. When a gunman killed 14 students and 3 adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February, President Donald Trump was quick to blame violent video games for the tragedy.

And that's nothing new. Blaming video games for senseless acts of violence goes all the way back to the terrible Columbine shooting and even earlier. But can playing too much 'Fortnite' or 'Overwatch' really turn our kids into serial killers?

No, according to researchers and experts who have studied the impact of video games on the human brain. Although shoot-em-ups are more realistic than ever thanks to software that simulates how human bodies would react to violent acts, researchers have not found any proof that those games increase aggressive behavior in gamers.

Meanwhile, many criminologists who specialize in mass homicides consider the link between mass murder and video games to be a myth.

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