... in a handbasket (inahandbasket) wrote,
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inahandbasket

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Internet porn reduces rape.
And, violent movies reduce violent crime.
article
discuss.


I think that limiting the scope to violent movies is... well... limiting.
I made a chart of video game sales against violent crime for available data, '95-'05.



Hypothesis: Most high sales-volume games are violent to some extent.
This violence allows the release of aggression in a virtual setting, thus to some extent reducing real-life violent crime.
As discussed in the above article, the main reduction in violent crime has been seen in the 12-19 year old set which is the prime demographic for violent video games.

Data sources:
http://www.theesa.com/facts/sales_genre_data.php
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/table_01.html


Just raising point for discussion because I think they're interesting. This is not a peer-reviewed study by any means.
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