Contrary to common belief, video games teach players empathy and not aggression. At least that is what a new study is saying. Got Gameâ€™s feature states:
Dr. Kourosh Dini, a Chicago-based psychiatrist and self-declared gamer recently published Video Game Addiction: A Guide for Parents, which includes a study that reveals video games to be a beneficial teacher of understanding the way others think. Dini reached such a conclusion after much observationâ€“and even participationâ€“in gameplay. In his studies, he analyzed from three different perspectives: the psychiatrist, the first-person player, and the third-person play observer. According to the bookâ€™s website, such analysis led Dini to conclude that â€œage appropriate multi-player video games can allow children to learn how other people think – a key aspect of empathy.â€
I really like his point of view â€“ it makes total sense. However, we cannot discount the fact that other studies â€“ and there are more of them, I think â€“ have results that are quite different from that of Dr. Diniâ€™s. So which is which?
I am no expert in the matter but I suppose that this study will be enough for other researchers to take a second look at their studies. Perhaps there are other factors that should be taken into consideration. Perhaps it is not a simple matter of stating that video games make children (or even adults) into so and so people. As for me â€“ and other gamers like, I am sure â€“ a study like this is a good start in forcing people NOT to immediately pinpoint video games as the â€œevilâ€ they are supposed to be.