Does playing video games lead to violence?

Fortnite, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto are among the most popular games for young people aged 8 – 17 years old, according to new research from the eSafety Commissioner.

Many of these games involve violence, and sometimes even killing your friends in the virtual world.

So what is it about violent video games that makes them so popular? And should parents and carers be concerned if their kids enjoy playing them?

This week, Cosmos podcast ‘Debunks’ reboots with a new season on the science of screens.

In the first episode, Cosmos journalist Jacinta Bowler levels up by speaking with experts including Associate Professor Michael Kasumovic from the University of New South Wales and Associate Professor Jim Sauer and Senior Lecturer Aaron Drummond from the University of Tasmania. 

This episode seeks to defeat the age old question – does virtual violence in video games lead to real world aggression?

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