Teenagers who play video games have less self-control and tend to cheat more, says study.
Researchers found that teens playing violent video games ate more chocolate and were more likely to steal raffle tickets in a lab experiment than were teens who played nonviolent games.
The effects were strongest in teens who scored high on a measure of moral disengagement, the ability to convince yourself that ethical standards don't apply to you in a particular situation.
Bushman conducted the study on172 Italian high school students, aged 13 to 19, who played either a violent video game (Grand Theft Auto III or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) or a nonviolent game (Pinball 3D or MiniGolf 3D) for 35 minutes, after practicing for 10 minutes.
The study was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.