NEW YORK: Constantly playing violent video games can reduce feelings of guilt, scientists have found out.
With advanced technology, more realistic video games can be made. The images have become sharp, audio is crisp and detailed settings make everything authentic.
The researchers found out that some of the games are so real that the players feel guilty when they commit violence within the game.
Matthew of University of Buffalo says that the reason as to why this is happening is a mystery.
Gamers in most cases claim that what they do in the game remains there and does not come into the real world.
However, previous research shows that immoral virtual actions can elicit higher levels of guilt than moral virtual actions. This finding would seem to contradict claims that virtual actions are completely divorced from the real world.
Researchers wanted to find out whether the claim by the gamers that their actions are only in the virtual world is true.
The study found out that desensitization occurs but the mannerism they used for the research is not clear.
“One is that people are deadened because they’ve played these games over and over again. This makes the gamers less sensitive to all guilt-inducing stimuli,” he said.
These findings were published in the Journal Media Psychology.