Today, 65% of adults and nearly all teens use video games on a daily basis. In 2018, the video game industry grossed more than $136 billion.
Modern video game products feature increasingly realistic settings, often showing incredibly detailed scenes of violence.
What do we really know about how violent video games influence our behaviors in everyday life? Media psychology and social psychology have been studying these effects for over three decades, and several meta-analyses confirm that exposure to this type of new media promotes aggression, a lower ability to feel empathy, and lower displays of pro-social behavior.
However, some researchers do not think so and the scientific debate still remains open and alive. Just to clarify this, UNBC America has recently made a service comparing some researchers and scholars who deal with these issues. Among these there was also Alessandro Gabbiadini, researcher at the Department of Psychology afferent to the MIBTEC research center. Watch the video to find out why researchers disagree so strongly and how research in this area is progressing. Click here for the interview.