Basic statistics courses can tell you that correlation does not imply causation. It is a tenet of statistics.Second, to completely disregard legitimate, peer-reviewed studies indicating a correlation between viewing violent shows and video games and an increased level of aggression and saying "well it doesn't directly say causation" is...well, not very smart and shows you are not open to any type of reasonable discussion regarding violent video games and television.
I spent a lot of time doing research in undergrad and grad school. I can tell you this as a positive fact. And most any other educated post-secondary collegiate student who has taken a basic statistics course can also tell you that you can't say for sure that video games are responsible for violence. You need an experiment to do that.One of the most common errors we find in the press is the confusion between correlation and causation in scientific and health-related studies. In theory, these are easy to distinguish — an action or occurrence can cause another (such as smoking causes lung cancer), or it can correlate with another (such as smoking is correlated with alcoholism). If one action causes another, then they are most certainly correlated. But just because two things occur together does not mean that one caused the other, even if it seems to make sense.
Unfortunately, our intuition can lead us astray when it comes to distinguishing between causality and correlation. For example, eating breakfast has long been correlated with success in school for elementary school children. It would be easy to conclude that eating breakfast causes students to be better learners. It turns out, however, that those who don’t eat breakfast are also more likely to be absent or tardy — and it is absenteeism that is playing a significant role in their poor performance. When researchers retested the breakfast theory, they found that, independent of other factors, breakfast only helps undernourished children perform better.
I suggest you take a look at what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said then.No one out there is saying media violence is THE single cause of anything. People are saying it's a factor that may need to be addressed when looking at causative agents of this alarming trend of mass shootings in our country.
I've done my fair share of studies and research to know what is reliable and what is not. I've also seen ample "studies" perpetuated on the media about how eggs raise cholesterol, or how women shouldn't drink any alcohol at all lest they get cancer. Forgive me if I am a little jaded.Clearly there is no reasoning with you since you won't even acknowledge legitimate research studies that unequivocally prove you wrong