In a new survey released by Common Sense Media, a whopping 75 per cent of polled parents say they think violent video games contribute to violence. Just ’cause. 1050 people were surveyed, and 89 per cent of them say violence in video games is a problem. (45 per cent say it’s a major problem; 44 per cent say it’s a minor problem.)
Remember, there have been no scientific studies that connect violent video games to violence. There have been studies that connect violent video games to aggression (more on that in the near future), but there is absolutely zero evidence, according to leading researchers in this field, that links violent video games to violent crime in any way.
So why do parents think that video games contribute to violence? I dunno. Gut feeling?