Science Tells Us That Playing Violent Video Games Eases Pain, So It Must Be True

Do you think slicing off zombie heads in the upcoming Resident Evil 6 will be therapeutic? Do you tend to smile and relax when you chainsaw someone in half when playing Gears of War? Are you really just looking for an excuse to play more and more Call of Duty? If so, you might be onto leading a healthier, pain-free lifestyle. Seriously.

Researchers at Keele University in the UK (Gotta love the Brits!) recently conducted an experiment where 40 volunteers found that playing violent first person shooter games, in which a player kills enemies in a virtual environment, enabled participants to tolerate an ice water pain challenge for longer than if they had played a non-violent golf game. (F*** you, Tiger Woods!)

Dr. Richard Stephens, the lead researcher in the study, said: “We assumed that swearing eases pain by sparking an emotional reaction in participants – most likely to be aggression – in turn setting off the body’s fight or flight response. This latest study was a test of that assumption in which we set out to try and raise participants’ aggression levels by having them play a violent video game. We then tested the effect on pain tolerance. The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance”.

Increased aggression and pain tolerance? This is a win-win. If you recently had a painful injury, any kind of sickness, maybe even a pulled hammy while playing a pickup game of basketball, all you have to do is pop in your favorite blood-’n’-guts video game, curse out a bunch of kids on your headset, and slaughter just about every virtual person you see on your screen. You’ll be totally fine in the morning. I mean, doctors told us so. How awesome is that?

via Kotaku / pic via Treyarch

6 thoughts on “Science Tells Us That Playing Violent Video Games Eases Pain, So It Must Be True”

  1. A child's mind is open to any new thoughts. At the young age, children should not be practiced to see violent movies because it may affect their mental thoughts severely. Nobody wants their children to become a terrorist in future.

  2. Science is amazing, it's a good thing if the aggression of people can be turned into relief by playing some such aggressive case. But for the people that are not aggressive the things can be reversed too, means they shouldn't play such games.

  3. Recently, One huge tragedy occurred due to violent games. One boy who was addicted from game then he applied similar technique in reality and killed 25 small children's while children;s were too busy in studies. They didn't had chance to escape place.

  4. Somehow, I am not agree with your point because as @android applications mentioned in their comment that this games is not good for children's because it leave some psychology impact on children mind, which is not good for child health.

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