This excellent PBS post from an MIT researcher debunks some of the mythology about gaming and youth, though to me he seemed a bit too quick to discount the growing body of research making connections between game violence and real world violence. That said, few understand how there is NOT a large body of evidence to suggest gaming is “bad”. More appropriate is the mantra “All Things in Moderation”. I’d urge parents to simply keep in touch with the games your children play, and engage them about the content
As Grand Theft Auto smashes onto the scene, breaking records for one day sales (close to 200,000,000), it’s becoming clear that gaming is a key force in the online and offline world. Parents would be well advised to learn a lot more about this so you can better understand forces that are driving your kids behavior and spending patterns as well as shaping popular culture and economics. Gaming will soon surpass motion pictures as an entertainment revenue category.
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