It was the combination of the content of games and the amount of time that seemed to affect teenagers’ attitudes.
The study said: “Spending too much time within the virtual world of violence may prevent [gamers] from getting involved in different positive social experiences in real life, and in developing a positive sense of what is right and wrong.”
Empathy, trust and concern for others,
which should develop as teenagers grow up,
were found to be delayed.
For these screen-obsessed teenagers, the researchers say that parents should try to put them in social situations where they have to see other people’s perspectives or needs, such as charity work.
By Sean Coughlan