China has released various studies in the past about the adverse effects of video games on the development of young people. Over the weekend the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Wuhan, Hubei province released a report showing that more than half the cities teenagers have less understanding about life and death than primary school children.
The reason the intermediate school children were deemed "dumber"? Because of video games...
The CASS of Wuhan said they surveyed most of the cities minors about their thoughts on life and death. While surveying an unknown number of children, the survey found that 81.5 per cent of all fifth graders did not believe in reincarnation and that death was final while 61.4 per cent of intermediate and high school students believed in reincarnation.
While there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with believing in reincarnation, the director o CASS Wuhan, Dong Shi, says that it is an issue. In his report, Dong said that the children's "misunderstanding" of death is a dangerous thing created by video games.
"Children don't come into contact with death, and the subject is fairly taboo," said Dong. "However they come into the concept of death in video games and other media. Virtual death is not ubiquitous and to immature children, video game resurrection can create a disregard for life."
"They might actually think they can be revived."
Personally, I'm inclined to give the children the benefit of the doubt. Chinese studies are usually skewed in favour of whatever agenda the government is trying to push. Think video games and their relation to violence.
Dong's study and the way it was worded says that middle school and high school students who play video games are dumber than primary school children that don't. Without any real numbers on the number of children surveyed or how the survey was conducted, I can't really believe what Dong is putting out there. Anecdotally there hasn't been a mass dying of students in Wuhan believing they can be revived, has there?
[智商低过小学生！中学生沉迷网游相信死而复生] [CASS Wuhan Report Via Tencent]