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Study: Mature-Rated Games Worry Parents More Than Beer, Porn

Postby TeMerc » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:47 am

By Walaika Haskins
TechNewsWorld
08/13/08 8:44 AM PT

If the video game watchdog group What They Play has it right, parents are more worried about their kids being exposed to adult-themed video games than they are about kids drinking alcohol or viewing pornography. Some have questioned the study's use of "Grand Theft Auto IV" as an example; the researchers say they had to pick a specific, known game in order to avoid misleading survey takers.

Studies announced this week by What They Play, a parents' guide to the video games their kids play, suggest that many parents are more concerned about kids being exposed to adult-themed video games than they are about kids viewing pornography or experimenting with alcohol.

Anxiety about video games superseded parental concerns about their children drinking beer or viewing pornography. As for the content of video games, sex appears to be more distasteful to parents than violence. Asked what they'd be most offended to find depicted in a video game, more parents responded "a man and a woman having sex" than "a graphically severed head," according to the researchers.

"Although these findings seem surprising at first, they hint at fears parents have about video games," said Cheryl K. Olson, co-author of the book Grand Theft Childhood.

nwz Continued @ TechNewsWorld
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