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Violent video games make teens eat more and cheat more

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Playing of violent video games not only make teens aggressive but also leads to less self control and cheating, a new study finds.

The study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science examined 172 high school students, aged 13 to 19 to know the risk posed by violent video games on teens.

Participants played either a violent video game (Grand Theft Auto III or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) or a nonviolent game (Pinball 3D or MiniGolf 3D) for 35 minutes.

During the experiment, a bowl containing 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of chocolate was placed next to the computer.

Researchers found that those who played the violent games ate more than three times as much chocolate as did the other teens.

After playing the game, the teens were asked to solve a 10-item logic test in which they could win prizes for questions they got right.

Results showed teens who played a violent game cheated more than did those who played a nonviolent game — more than eight times more.

“When people play violent video games, they show less self-restraint.  They eat more, they cheat more,” said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.

The researchers, from Ohio State University, University of Valle d’Aosta, University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Genova also measured the aggression of the players and how much they could` hold themselves to high moral standards in all situations.

Results showed that for teens who played the violent video games, those who scored higher in moral disengagement were more likely to cheat, eat more chocolate and act more aggressively.

“We have consistently found in a number of studies that those who play violent games act more aggressively, and this is just more evidence,” Bushman said.

“Very few teens were unaffected by violent video games, but this study helps us address the question of who is most likely to be affected,” he added

“Those who are most morally disengaged are likely to be the ones who show less self-restraint after playing.”

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