Poll: 58 percent of adults blame games for violent behavior

Nearly three in five American adults think games contribute to violent tendencies in teens, Harris Poll finds; 38 percent know nothing about ESRB.

A new poll highlights the belief that scenes like this contribute to teen violence. Screenshot by GameSpot

A new Harris Poll survey has found that 58 percent of adult Americans believe video games are a contributing factor to violent behavior in teenagers.

In addition, 38 percent of survey respondents said they were unaware of the ratings service provided by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). On top of this, 33 percent of adults queried said they allow their children to play whatever they want.

Harris culled the data from interviews of 2,278 U.S. adults. Venturebeat obtained the results of the independent survey, which Harris ran without funding from outside corporations or interests.

"The findings underscore the lack of awareness Americans have about the video game rating system, as well as the confusion in the market," Harris Poll president Mike de Vere said in a statement.

Read more of "Study: 58 percent of US adults blame games for violent behavior" at GameSpot.

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