Violent Video Game Effects on Aggression, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Eastern and Western Countries: A Meta-Analytic Review

Violent Video Game Effects on Aggression, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Eastern and Western Countries: A Meta-Analytic Review

Video gamers’ exposure to violent media has potential harmful effects and several studies were conducted over the past few decades. This study focused on the comparison of the immediate and long term effects of media violence between eastern and western countries. The video gamers of eastern countries came from Japan, Singapore and China, while the video gamers of western countries came from United States, United Kingdom and Germany. There were 381 video gamers who participated in this study.

Violent Video Game Effects on Aggression, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Eastern and Western Countries: A Meta-Analytic Review
Violent Video Game Effects on Aggression, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Eastern and Western Countries: A Meta-Analytic Review

            The research concluded that video game violence (VGV) exposure was significantly related to higher levels of aggressive behaviors, aggressive cognitions, and aggressive affect of the participants in cross-sectional studies. In addition, there was a longitudinal effect on aggressive behaviors, aggressive cognitions, and aggressive affect of the participants. On the other hand, VGV exposure was significantly related to desensitization, lack of empathy and lack of prosocial behavior. Thus, the effects of video game violence (VGV) exposure were significant in both eastern and western cultures.

Jennifer Francia P Villanueva, RPm

Jennifer Francia P Villanueva, RPm

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