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Video Gaming Myths Debunked

Leave it to PBS to debunk some of the pervasive video game myths as part of their coverage of the Impact of Gaming in their Video Game Revolution series. I was very surprised for their findings.

The 8 myths they debunked:

  1. The availability of video games has led to an epidemic of youth violence.
  2. Scientific evidence links violent game play with youth aggression.
  3. Children are the primary market for video games.
  4. Almost no girls play computer games.
  5. Because games are used to train soldiers to kill, they have the same impact on the kids who play them.
  6. Video games are not a meaningful form of expression.
  7. Video game play is socially isolating.
  8. Video game play is desensitizing.

I still think it is important to have children playing age appropriate games. No Grand Theft Auto until my kids are much older.

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