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Violent computer games ARE linked to deviant behaviour

Teenagers who play violent computer games such as Grand Theft Auto are more likely to drink, smoke and have unprotected sex, psychologists have found.

Games that glorify risky behaviour can encourage adolescents to become more rebellious and seek out thrills themselves, according to a new study.

Scientists tracked 5,000 American teenagers for four years, and found a distinct correlation between the frequency that they played violent games and their behaviour.



They discovered that those who often played adult-rated games were more likely to smoke, drink and become aggressive.

The teenagers, who were aged 13 and ten months on average when the experiment started, were also more likely to go on, within four years, to display delinquent behaviour such as petty theft, starting fights or running away from home.

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