There's little link between games and gun violence

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 7 Comments 20 Votes 5283 Views 19/12/2012 Back to News

Some media outlets will have you believe that violent video games cause all sorts of social problems.

Truth is, there is little data to support such a claim, and plenty to suggest it's actually the complete opposite.

The Washington Post has conducted a comparison of 10 countries, including Australia and the US, looking at game spending per capita compared to gun-related murder rates.

Basically, the comparison looks to demonstrate if countries where games are popular have high crime rates.

Turns out they don't.

The data shows that eight of the 10 countries that spend the most on games have less than one gun-related murder per 100,000 people.

Surprisingly, the US does not spend the most money on games per capita, ahead of only China, and yet it has the highest rate of gun-related crime by far, hovering around 3.25 per 100,000.

Australia is the sixth highest spender on games but has a gun-related crime rate of under 0.5 per 100,000 people.

This all means that the US, which is trumped by nine other countries when it comes to spending on games, has a gun-related murder rate that has no direct correlation with violent video games.

By Gaetano Prestia

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Sumguy0 said: someone delete this quick



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Surprisingly, the US does not spend the most money on games per capita, ahead of only China, and yet it has the highest rate of gun-related crime


Not surprising at all. This doesn't show any link between the two. You'd get the same shaped graph if you replaced game purchases with vegetable oil or toasters.
Would love to know how many of those Canadian gun-related murders were Americans just crossing the border.
Replace game purchases with 'Gun Owners'

It all makes much more sense.

Milky said: Would love to know how many of those Canadian gun-related murders were Americans just crossing the border.




that made me lol.

this half arsed "connection" does not though. This is stupid, you'll probably see the same amount of numbers with violent movies. What do you think is going to happen in a country filled with gun nuts hiding behind the constitution. They just want a scape goat so no one changes their "rights" that were established over 200 years ago.
www.escapistmagazine.com/...

Relatable, and a very good viewing.

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