Do you feel the video games you play increases your risky behavior? Do you drive more dangerously after playing a game that glorifies risk? How about your attitude towards drinking? Does it change after watching a movie with drinking in it?
Well, Peter Fischer, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Regensburg in Germany, says yes, media may alter your risk-taking behavior. Looking at more than 25 years of research, a study shows the effects of media are likely to change short- and long-term risk behavior and increased exposure is likely to be associated with increased risk taking.
As explained in the American Psychological Association article – in a typical experiment, participants were shown media content then a computer simulation measured how willing the participants were to engage in risky behaviors. “It appears from our meta-analysis that risk-glorifying media has potentially grave consequences, such as innumerable incidences of fatalities, injuries and high economic costs in a broad variety of risk-taking domains, such as substance abuse, reckless driving, gambling and risky sexual behavior,” wrote Fischer.