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Violent video games' effect varies

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Playing violent video games can make some teenagers more violent, but for others it may help them, a US study review has found.

Video game violence was shown to increase aggression among young people who were less conscientious and more easily angered than others. But the review also found specially tailored violent video games could help children deal with pain management and prevent asthma attacks.

The review authors said: “Violent video games are like peanut butter. They are harmless for the vast majority of kids but are harmful to a small minority with pre-existing personality or mental health problems.”

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