"The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine" have a specially themed April issue: Media and Children
. Included in the magazine is a much talked about study
from University of California's Dr. Sonya Brady which concludes that those who play GTA III
(the study's example of a violent game) are more likely to smoke pot and drink alcohol. It also concluded that blood pressure rises when playing violent games. I don't have the time to get into everything that is wrong with this study, but let's just start with the fact that the study tested 100 male undergrads age 18-21. Um, I'd imagine the chances are high, even if they were playing Katamari
and Animal Crossing
that they'd be drinking and smoking. Oy. Get ready for more news stories that don't know what they're talking about.
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