According to a study
conducted by University of California's Dr. Sonya Brady and University of Pittsburgh professor, Karen Matthews, men
that have just played violent video games (e.g. Grand Theft Auto III
) are more likely to smoke marijuana and
drink alcohol. While violent games have often been accused of influencing violent behavior, Dr. Brady says, "this
study suggests [that violent games] might increase any type of risk-taking behavior."
The study focused
on male undergrads aged 18 to 21. Participants were asked to play either GTA III
or The Simpsons: Hit and
. Researchers also found that playing GTA III
led to increased blood pressure and decreased
cooperation when attempting to complete group tasks. Decreased cooperation? C'mon, whada you expect when we're all just
stoned and drunk. Sheesh
, cut us a break next time!