Violent first-person shooters: Investigating life-satisfaction and empathy in long-term excessive users

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Condon, Nicholas
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the current study was to explore the differences, in terms of life-satisfaction and empathy, between excessive long-term users and non-excessive users of violent FPS games. A correlational design with a cross-sectional quantitative survey was utilised. A total of 79 participants completed a 26-question online survey consisting of demographic and video game usage questions, along with empathy and life-satisfaction scales. The study found that excessive and non-excessive users did not differ significantly in measures of life-satisfaction or empathy and found a weak positive correlation between empathy and life-satisfaction.