Experts of the Week: Doctors Olson, Kutner, Warner, Almerigi, Baer, Nicholi II and Beresin

These doctors of various disciplines (1 S.D., 4 Ph.D.’s and 2 M.D.’s) has produced a report entitled Factors Correlated with Violent Video Game Use by Adolescent Boys and Girls that has just been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (Volume 41, Issue 1, July 2007, Pages 77-83).

What do we learn?

In the abstract, the report presents the results of a survey from 1254 American 12 to 14-year-old’s and concludes that most adolescent boys and many girls routinely play M-rated games and that boys play more violent games than girls. And that they do this in their bedroom.

Twenty, count ’em, months

It took a remarkable twenty months to sort out all the data from the written self-reported survey from November / December 2004 to the article being submitted in September 2006.

7 O.D.’s?

Is it just me or is it absolutely no surprise that adolescents play significant amounts of violent video games and that boys like them more than girls?

Perhaps all these should also add O.D. to their names as they are clearly Doctors of the Obvious.

I do wonder about scientific studies that state the obvious but take lots of intelligent people an inordinate amount of time to produce. I suppose that they add hard numbers to something that all game players, especially adolescent ones, already knew. Perhaps the full report (which I’m not paying for) contains more insight than is revealed in the abstract. Perhaps they really enjoyed conducting this research and working with each other. Hmm, I’m beginning to feel a bit mean for criticising them now.

I appoint thee

So, for telling us something we already knew (and making me feel a bit mean for pointing it out), I appoint Doctors Olson, Kutner, Warner, Almerigi, Baer, Nicholi II and Beresin as Experts of the Week.

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