Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Youth violence at an all time low despite video games

Duke Ferris' article from 2005 shows how youth violence hit a new 40 year low in 2004.

The statistics quoted on Duke's article show that the number of juveniles arrested for violent crimes declined 30.9% from 1995 to 2004. This at the same time when video gaming exploded in the United States.

This is in direct contradiction with the popular, and wrong, anti-gaming argument saying violent video games breed violence. The crime statistics kept by the FBI and US DOJ, among others, just do not show that to be true. In fact, if anything, they show the argument to be completely false.

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