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GTA makes young men smoke marijuana
GTA makes young men smoke marijuana

GTA makes young men smoke marijuana

The study, carried out by Dr Brady and Professor Karen Matthews at the University of Pittsburgh, involved a group of 100 male undergraduates aged 18 to 21, asked to play either Grand Theft Auto III or The Simpsons: Hit and Run. In GTA the player took the role of a criminal and was instructed by the Mafia to beat up a drug dealer with a baseball bat. In The Simpsons: Hit and Run the player took on the role of Homer Simpson attempting to get his daughter's science project to school before it can be marked late.

The study claims that the men who have just played a violent game (GTA) are more likely to see others' attitudes towards them as hostile, smoke marijuana, and drink alcohol.

"Parents have been told the message that violent video games and violent media in general can influence the likelihood that their kids will be aggressive," Dr. Sonya S. Brady told Reuters Health. "What this study suggests is that they might increase any type of risk-taking behaviour."

According to the report in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, playing a violent game caused young men's blood pressure to increase, and appeared to have a greater effect on those that came from violent homes or communities. No matter what background each male had, the researchers found that playing a violent game made the young men in the study less cooperative and more competitive in completing tasks with another person.

After playing one of the games, the males participating in the study were shown a scenario of a teacher telling his class that he suspects some students have cheated, but also that he is proud of those who did well. The teacher then asks a boy called Billy to stay behind after class so that he may speak with him. Participants were then asked to put themselves in Billy's position. When asked how likely it was that the teacher was going to accuse them of cheating, those participants who had been playing Grand Theft Auto were more likely think they would be accused.

The report is also one of the first to link violent games to behaviour other than violence, but will no doubt provide more ammunition to those against violent video games.

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What a load of twoddle, obviously the people who chose "the simpsons hit and run" smoked less weed, were less violant or whatever is because they were the losers of life who do not even have the sense to choose the good game.
I just think the majority would have chosen GTA, so of course being the majority choice statistically has to have more violent types in the group than the minority group that contains less people.
Posted 14:34 on 12 May 2009
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hello i love grand theft auto i have everyone but i dont take take drugs seen as i aint a america bad badman drugy

Posted 06:53 on 28 October 2008
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hello i love grand theft auto i have everyone but i dont take take drugs seen as i aint a america bad badman drugy
Posted 06:49 on 28 October 2008
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that is based on my own personal logic on the videogame industry, i think we need violence in videogames and now the goverment wants to try and control it that too me is very messed up
Posted 18:55 on 31 March 2008
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Marink@ mrtoxin

Originally Posted by mr.toxin
i prefer violent games over kid games since i am 19 i think violent and brutal games do turn young kids into young men they teach them how to be tough

That's an... interesting theory...
Posted 18:16 on 31 March 2008
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i prefer violent games over kid games since i am 19 i think violent and brutal games do turn young kids into young men they teach them how to be tough
Posted 18:10 on 31 March 2008
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Marink@ Karlius

So that's why I always feel weird when I play Rez...
Posted 18:02 on 31 March 2008
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I'm playing Viva Piniata right now....Am i High>?
Posted 11:49 on 31 March 2008
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I take cannabis because its the easiest way for a me to escape from how bad life can be, im 15 and I feel much more knowledgable of my age group that you could ever gain from studies. Help from other people, parents or doctors is very hard and from someone who smokes weed we don't have the confidence to speak out... I have dont play violent video games so this proves that this is not the lead. Im dure in the 60's violent video-games didnt exist, so how would you explain why people took it then? It dosnt take much more than common sense Dr. Brady that maybe perhaps this isnt something that can be blamed on games, theres a much deeper reason. Perhaps you should spend your time making it easier for young people to get confidential help and support for the underlying reasons, instead of wasting your time telling people whats wrong with them.
Posted 02:08 on 31 March 2008
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lol this is one hell of amusing thread...... Try Red-Bull playing Resi-evil on a halloweens night. There is your marijuana for the night :D
Posted 19:54 on 29 February 2008
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I only have to play sonic and i wana spliff! All those nasty spikes and robo crabs! AARGH!!! I need one now! :scared: :scared: :scared:
Posted 12:34 on 29 February 2008
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Ok, understand this grand theft auto games do not cause people to do drugs of any kind. It is just the plain need to releive the stress of living in such a horrible world. It can also be caused by peer pressure. Or just because they dont give a sh*t, and think to themselve"Who wants to live to be 80 anyway". If anything Grand Teft Auto is just good entertainment, and weed kicks ass.
Posted 02:06 on 29 February 2008
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i use to somke the stuff but it was not from gaming its was for the buzz lol but i gave it up back 3 years ago
Posted 12:07 on 31 January 2008
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You know, I understand what you are saying when you mentioned children tend to be more agressive when they play these violent games, and i completeky 100% agree with you. But to stretch that observation into the cause of marijuanna smoking, is quite obnoxious. Smoking marijuanna has absolutely nothing to do with the video games that youth are playing. I believe it is people like yourself who are so self-centered and your ignorace is in the way of you truely being able to recognize why these kids do what they do. I think this really needs to be adressed, and more people need to speak up about such nonsense being poured out into our lives. Also, i am not Pro-Marijuanna, but i think people need to open their minds more to really begin to understand our youth a little better. I work at a Detention center teaching Life Skills to young men ages 14-17. They have so much potential to do better, but because of crap like this, they begin to believe the stereotypes and judgements made upon them. Please, continue with your experiments, but i do not see them being worth any of your time and energy. Have a nice day : )
Posted 17:51 on 30 January 2008
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