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Violent Video Games: Do They Really Cause Teens To Act Aggressively?


First Posted: 11/14/11 12:23 PM ET Updated: 11/18/11 02:54 PM ET

We've all heard adults claim that violent video games lead to violence in kids and teens, but is this the real story? Are teens who play violent video games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim really more likely to behave violently or bully their peers? Dr. Lawrence Kutner debunks myths about violent video games and fills us in on his research investigating the links between video game violence and youth violence -- and his findings might surprise you.

Do you and your friends play video games regularly? Are first-person shooters are too violent? Sound off in the comments.


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Violent Video Games Lead to Teen Bullying: Myth or Fact?

I think it's a myth -- plenty of teens play violent games but don't act aggressively in their real lives.

I think it's a fact -- playing violent games all the time makes teens desensitized to violence and more likely to behave violently.

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Filed by Carolyn Gregoire  |