Psychol. (2017). On the one hand, video game use is widespread, and it may come with certain precursors as well as consequences. Reliabilität und Validität der Skala zum Computerspielverhalten [Reliability and validity of the scale for the assessment of pathological computer-gaming]. Results revealed a medium-sized negative correlation between problematic video gaming and psychological functioning with regard to psychological symptoms, affectivity, coping, and self-esteem. Bushman says that these studies provide evidence that violent video games can lead to “an increase in aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal, including increased heart rate, and aggressive behavior. Negative Effects Of Video Games. Psychother. Playing video games excessively should be appealing to individuals with poor psychological functioning because games allow people to avoid their everyday problems and instead immerse themselves in another environment (Taquet et al., 2017). Players use video games for very different reasons (Ryan et al., 2006; Yee, 2006) such as to distract themselves from daily hassles or because they enjoy the social relationships they have developed in the virtual world. Soc. PLEASE HELP PLEASE HELP | Behav. New York, NY: Basic Books. doi: 10.1026/0012-1924/a000032, Wang, H. R., Cho, H., and Kim, D.-J. Personal. Behav. Psychol. 144, 77–110. J. (2015). Twenty-five years of research on violence in digital games and aggression: empirical evidence, perspectives, and a debate gone astray. Addictive online games: examining the relationship between game genres and internet gaming disorder. 136, 151–173. Behav. Göttingen: Hogrefe. doi: 10.1177/1046878105282278. Behav. Associations between reasons for playing video games and psychological functioning. Video games are a very powerful entertainment medium that is enjoyed by a very large audience. The virtual brain: 30 years of video-game play and cognitive abilities. A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology looked at 167 young adults who self reported as either non-gamers, non-violent gamers, or violent gamers, using an online questionnaire and the Levinson’s Psychopathy Scale. 16, 888–904. The impact of digital game play on adolescents’ social circles. Elson, M., and Ferguson, C. J. On more than one occasion, video games have proven to boost attention. Gaming 37, 6–23. Inform. The AICA-S, the Scale for the Assessment of Internet and Computer game Addiction (Wölfling et al., 2016), was used to assess participants’ gaming behavior with regard to potential problematic use. Am. Video game playing in the general adult population of Germany: can higher gaming time of males be explained by gender specific genre preferences? doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.005, Watson, D., Clark, L. A., and Tellegen, A. J. Behav. You want to measure coping but your protocol’s too long: consider the brief cope. Psychol. Cronbach’s alpha was excellent (α = 0.94). Cyberpsychol. Assessing coping strategies: a theoretically based approach. We implemented agreed procedures to maintain the confidentiality of participant data. A total of N = 2,891 individuals (2,421 male, 470 female) with a mean age of 23.17 years (SD = 5.99, Range: 13–65) participated in our study. There isn’t really a set amount of time spent playing video games that qualifies an individual as a video game addict. Comput. The Benefits of Playing Video Games (PDF, 202KB) WASHINGTON — Playing video games, including violent shooter games, may boost children’s learning, health and social skills, according to a review of research on the positive effects of video game play to be published by the American Psychological Association. Inform. Video games are here to stay, and as media influences all aspects of human life it requires continued exploration, research and critique. (2011). Untersuchungen mit einer deutschen version der positive and negative affect schedule (PANAS) [Investigations with a German version of the PANAS]. Behav. Kessler, R. C., Amminger, G. P., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Lee, S., and Ustun, T. B. Associations between preferred video game genre and psychological functioning. Nervous Mental Dis. doi: 10.1037//0022-3514.54.6.1063. Distraction-motivated gamers preferred coping strategies such as self-blame, behavioral disengagement, self-distraction, denial, substance use, venting, and acceptance, but they neglected active coping and planning. (1970). Hum. Also, reasons for playing video games were differentially related to psychological functioning with the most pronounced findings for escape-oriented in contrast to gain-oriented motives. Social gaming, lonely life? Video games are versatile in their form and function. J. Moreover, video games offer people a chance to connect with other people socially despite any more or less evident psychological problems they may have (Kowert et al., 2014b; Mazurek et al., 2015). Wölfling, K., Müller, K. W., and Beutel, M. (2011). Sci. Likewise, we assessed video gaming in a similarly detailed way, ranging from (a) problematic video game use, (b) the reasons for playing, to (c) the preferred game genres. SGSE-Schüchternheits- und Geselligkeitsskalen für Erwachsene [Scales on shyness and sociality for adults]. Defining the virtual self: personality, behavior, and the psychology of embodiment. Gamers were asked how often they usually played various video game subgenres such as first-person shooter, round-based strategy, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), life simulations, and others. (2010). Whilst participants were not signing a separate consent form, consent was obtained by virtue of completion. Newzoo (2017). In the last few years, the amount of scientific research devoted to video game playing has increased (e.g., Ferguson, 2015; Calvert et al., 2017; Hamari and Keronen, 2017). To achieve heterogeneity of the sample, no exclusion criteria other than having access to the Internet and understanding German were specified. Comput. There seem to be sex and age differences with regard to video gaming behavior: potentially problematic video gaming was found to be more likely among males than females (e.g., Greenberg et al., 2010; Estévez et al., 2017), and among younger gamers (Rehbein et al., 2016). Finally, poorer performance in school (i.e., higher grades) was related to the potentially problematic use of video games. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2005.8.110, Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2012). Gender and player characteristics in video game play of preadolescents. For years, we have made very bold statements about the horrible danger, or undiscovered immense benefits of playing video games. Schwarzer, R., and Schulz, U. Table 1. (2009). Video games are full of vibrant and lively environments, with a select few items that you are intended to focus on. doi: 10.1177/0093650204267930, Mathiak, K. A., Klasen, M., Weber, R., Ackermann, H., Shergill, S. S., and Mathiak, K. (2011). The action games genre was associated with the strongest ratings of affect while playing. Therefore, we computed regressions with potentially problematic video gaming as the dependent variable and sex, age, and the measures of psychological functioning as predictors (entered simultaneously into the regression equation). Specifically, distraction-motivated gaming went along with higher symptom ratings, lower self-esteem, and more negative affectivity, whereas playing to establish social relationships in the virtual world was related to a larger number of online connections and more positive affect while playing. Thus, differentiating between short- and long-term perspectives may help us understanding the differential correlates of intensive video gaming. Addict. Cyberpsychol. Einsamkeit: Psychologische Konzepte, Forschungsbefunde und Treatmentansätze [Loneliness: Psychological Concepts, Research Findings, and Treatments]. 42, 630–638. Table 3 shows the partial correlations in which we controlled for sex and age. Moreover, the association with potentially problematic video game use was negative for general positive affect and positive and larger in size for general negative affect. Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in eastern and western countries: a meta-analytic review. Sci. Since we collected a self-selected sample where different sexes and age groups were not represented equally, our findings are only preliminary, but may stimulate future research. (2003). The study ultimately states that this cohort actually were using video games to socialise, relax, and cope. Psychol. However, there is one quarrel that video games haven’t been able to push aside, one rock still in there shoe, psychology. How can the findings on differential relations between video gaming and various indices of psychological functioning – ranging from beneficial results (Latham et al., 2013) to unfavorable results (Barlett et al., 2009; Möller and Krahé, 2009; Anderson et al., 2010) – be integrated? Netw. So, if you are debating whether or not you should let your child play the new Mortal Kombat, honestly its up to you. These effects weren’t fleeting either, as their brains remained at this level for 6 months following the experiment. Addiction 109, 1399–1406. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12144, von Collani, G., and Herzberg, P. Y. 87, 212–218. doi: 10.1177/1046878108319930, Griffiths, M., Van Rooij, A. J., Kardefeldt-Winther, D., Starcevic, V., Király, O., Pallesen, S., et al. (2018). Most of the negative effects of video games arise from excessive use and addiction. (2011). However, potentially problematic video game use was clearly positively associated with the experience of both positive and negative affect while playing. Two game genres (i.e., role-playing and unclassified games) were related to the coping strategy of self-distraction. Behav. It remains unclear whether potentially problematic gaming is a factor that contributes to the development of psychological dysfunction or whether psychological dysfunction contributes to potentially problematic gaming. 10, 646–666. doi: 10.1026//0012-1924.49.2.73, Skoric, M. M., Teo, L. L. C., and Neo, R. L. (2009). Addiction 108, 592–599. Copyright © 2019 von der Heiden, Braun, Müller and Egloff. It was neither a straight, or an easy road for the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association, a video game trade association in the United States, released a statement this week saying: “The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive. The gaming industry as a whole generated near $135 billion in 2018. Once again, logically this makes sense. Parents and professionals may be worried about their excessively playing children being “addicted.” However, problematic and potentially addictive video game use goes beyond the extent of playing (in hours per week; Skoric et al., 2009). Video game effects—Confirmed, suspected, and speculative: a review of the evidence. Psychosocial causes and consequences of pathological gaming. Reward system and temporal pole contributions to affective evaluation during a first person shooter video game. Behav. In the past few years, video game addiction has officially been confirmed as a real disorder, and should be taken seriously. Barlett, C. P., Anderson, C. A., and Swing, E. L. (2009). Psychol. In fact, it can reduce many of the mental symptoms of aging. Psychol. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität. 20, 594–602. Potentially problematic video gaming was found to be associated with positive affect and social relationships while playing but also with psychological symptoms, maladaptive coping strategies, negative affectivity, low self-esteem, a preference for solitude, and poor school performance. (2014). Hum. Most games reward children for being more violent and thus the act of violence is done repeatedly. While some parents claim video games have no effect on their child, many experts warn about the harmful effects violent games can have on kids. Thus, longitudinal studies that are designed to identify the causal pathway may provide a promising avenue for future research. While we don’t know for certain that it will improve the memory of a 13 year old, it certainly won’t hurt it. Behav. Prof. Psychol. Rosenberg, M. (1979). doi: 10.1089/cpb.2009.0001, Lucas, K., and Sherry, J. L. (2004). doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9756-9. Klaghofer, R., and Brähler, E. (2001). So in short, Video games can be quite beneficial to an older demographic. Because preferred game genre was related to participants’ sex (see Supplementary Table S3), we had a more detailed look at the correlations between preferred game genre and psychological functioning separately for both sexes: For males (n = 2,377), the strongest correlation between general psychopathology and game genre emerged for action (r = 0.08, p < 0.001), followed by role playing (r = 0.07, p < 0.01), and unclassified (r = 0.07, p < 0.01). Attachment and emotion regulation in substance addictions and behavioral addictions. Distinguishing addiction and high engagement in the context of online game playing. doi: 10.1177/1745691615592234, Ferguson, C. J., Coulson, M., and Barnett, J. Addiction to the internet and online gaming. The benefits of playing video games. Furthermore, there were only weak relations between the preferred game genres and psychological functioning. Z., and Huang, D. H. (2004). doi: 10.1111/1467-9280.00366, PubMed Abstract | CrossRef Full Text | Google Scholar, Anderson, C. A., Shibuya, A., Ihori, N., Swing, E. L., Bushman, B. J., Sakamoto, A., et al. (2014). New York, NY: The Nielsen Company. Behav. Narcissus plays video games. “Generalized self-efficacy scale,” in Measures in Health Psychology: A User’s Portfolio. 32, 23–31. Researchers have criticized the selection of diagnostic criteria and the vague definition of the Internet Gaming Disorder construct, which excludes offline games from being related to addictive use (e.g., Griffiths et al., 2016; Bean et al., 2017). Simul. Potentially problematic video gaming has been found to be related to various reasons for playing such as coping and escape (Hussain and Griffiths, 2009; Schneider et al., 2018), socialization (Laconi et al., 2017), and personal satisfaction (Ng and Wiemer-Hastings, 2005). doi: 10.1007/s11031-006-9051-8, Scharkow, M., Festl, R., Vogelgesang, J., and Quandt, T. (2015). On top of that, for every study that finds violent video games to be harmful, there is another study showing that there simply are no effects. Int. As an incentive to participate in the study, four vouchers of 50€ were raffled. Prevalence of internet addiction in the general population: results from a German population-based survey. The Psychological Effects of Violent Video Games
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