Teenagers' abilities to develop empathy, trust and concern for others are delayed by spending too much time playing violent video games, according to a study conducted in Canada and reported on by BBC News.
The study classified violent games as anything that allowed players to kill or maim other human characters. In a sample of about 100 students ages 13 to 14, researchers found that teenagers who spend more than three hours playing violent games without other real-life interaction were affected.
"Spending too much time within the virtual world of violence may prevent [gamers] from getting involved in different positive social experiences in real life, and in developing a positive sense of what is right and wrong," the study concluded.
Those who played violent games for shorter amounts of time were found to be unaffected.