Playing violent video games and aggressive political opinions (Eyal et al., 2006)

Reasons why I shouldn’t be writing this blog at this moment:

  1. Writing my draft for my thesis paper
  2. Writing my detailed opinion piece on the Byron Report (due last week)
  3. Writing my seminar paper
  4. Finding a part-time job

But the one reason I’m writing is because I’m worried that I would forget the eureka moment I had during my seminar class when someone talked about political conservatism as a motivated social cognition and the mechanism behind, one of them on priming. Since VG research also touches on priming, I found one interesting article that deals with such relations. Hope someone writes me a summary.


This study examines the relationship between young people’s exposure to media violence and their aggressive political opinions (APO), which were defined as support for positions that involve forceful resolution to social or political issues. Students from 2 U.S. universities completed surveys assessing their APO, exposure to violent media, authoritarianism, trait aggressiveness, political leaning, personal experience with crime, and demographics. Results revealed that violent television exposure significantly predicted several forms of APO above and beyond the control variables. Playing violent video games, however, predicted only a few aggressive political opinions. The results of this study support the reliability and validity of the APO measure, shed light on the relationship between exposure to violent media content and political opinions, and suggest some important differences between television and video game content in the effects process.

Eyal, K., Metzger, M. J., Lingsweiler, R. W., Mahood, C., & Yao, M. Z. (2006). Aggressive political opinions and exposure to violent media. Mass Communication and Society, 9(4), 399-428.


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