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Study finds violent video games can help people deal with pain

Claims those who play violent video games have a higher pain threshold

Research conducted at UK's Keele University has found that those who play violent video games have a 65% higher tolerance to pain compared to those who don't.


Science is great. With so many things to discover and research to be completed, there's frequently a new study that will make you raise your eyebrows. This is one of them.

But is it really necessary to find out if people who play violent video games have a higher pain threshold? Researchers at UK's Keele University definitely think so.

The Daily Mail reports that participants in the study were made to play for 10 minutes, and then put their hands in freezing cold water.

"The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance," Dr Richard Stephens told the Daily Mail.

The results of the study showed that the participants who played violent video games displayed an increased heart rate, and were able to keep their hands in the water 65% longer than others.

The researchers attribute the higher pain threshold and increased heart rate to the violent games creating the 'fight or flight' stress response in the body.

While the study may seem odd, it suggests that playing violent video games can help people in times of pain or stress - at least temporarily.

It's a welcome change from the age old belief that violent video games create violent people.