20 minutes of violent video gaming = desensitization, less empathy and helpfulness?

I found this interesting video of an experiment that was conducted by a professor and Jo Frost, who we might know as “Supernanny.” I was surprised by the results that showed how 20 minutes of violent video gaming had effect on these kids when it came to being sensitive towards real-life violence or simply helping others. A lot of the violent video gamers showed very little sensitivity towards some brutal videos that were shown to them. Their heart rates basically remained constant, as opposed to the non-violent gamers, who’s heart rates increased dramatically. They also showed a huge difference in helpfulness when Professor Doug purposely dropped his pencil holder, where the ones who played the violent games were less likely to step in and the others were the majority that helped.

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