WMU criminologist says playing video games does not lead to violent crime

Mar 6, 2018

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When a young person commits a crime, one common response is to blame video games, especially violent video games, for the criminal act.

The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was no exception. On Thursday, President Trump will convene a meeting with video game industry leaders at the White House. The meeting will focus on whether violent video games contribute to real-world violence in our country.

Whitney DeCamp, a Western Michigan University criminologist and associate professor of sociology, has been researching that exact question. He joined Stateside to discuss his research, which shows that video games do not cause violence among boys. He also spoke about the factors that do cause violence; the impact socialization has on young men and boys; and the upcoming meeting at the White House with ESA, the trade association of the U.S. video game industry.

Listen to the full conversation above.

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