NEWS: GAMING CAN INCREASE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Gaming Can Increase Social Behavior

Video games have gotten a bad rap, perhaps unfairly. Critics have blamed them for desensitizing players toviolence and for making gamers more prone to violent behavior; however, recent research suggests that role-playing games have the power to influence behavior for the better as well. College students who played five minutes of a game in which their avatar fought enemies exhibited more generous, “prosocial” behavior afterward if the avatar selected for them was a hero rather than a villain or a neutral shape. More… Discuss

 

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