Virtual Sexism Is Linked To The Real Thing
Researchers say playing violent and sexist video games caused study participants to empathize less with a female victim of violence.By Matt Picht | April 13, 2016
Researchers who've previously linked playing violent video games to aggression now say they've found a similar link between virtual sexism and real sexism.
A new study had 154 Italian high schoolers play one of three types of games: nonviolent, nonsexist puzzle games; the violent but nonsexist "Half-Life" games; or "Grand Theft Auto," which has apparently become the gold standard in virtual violence and sexism.
The participants were then shown pictures of a woman in physical pain and asked how much empathy they felt toward her. Male "Grand Theft Auto" players were more likely to say they had less empathy toward the woman; playing the other two types of games wasn't linked to any change in empathy.