The participants comprised sixty randomly selected members of the university community. All participants were aged at least 18 years. The participants were issued with questionnaire forms to fill in both demographic (age and gender) and preferential details based on individual perceptions. One-third of the participants were issued with pro-catharsis articles to read while a similar figure was issued with anti-catharsis articles. The remaining one-third was left as the control group; they were not exposed to either form of literature. Questionnaires were preferred since they can easily capture important data, including scale ratings such as the Likert scale (Roberts, 2007).
Furthermore, they allow the respondents more time to fit in filling up the forms in their own schedules, which ensures better response rate than other methods, including lab experimentation (Harris & Brown, 2010). Correlation analysis was used to investigate the existence of linear relationship between age and preference for violent video games; analysis of variance (ANOVA) for investigating the difference in respondents’ preference after exposure to different types of literature; t-tests for the difference between preference for violent and non-violent video games; and independent samples t-test for investigating whether males have higher preference for violent video games than females. The SPSS software was used for the analysis. ResultsOut of the 60 participants, 29 (48.3%) were male while 31 (51.7%) were female.
The participants were divided into equal groups of 20 (representing 33.3%) for each category; based on the kind of literature they were supplied with. The article types that participants drew information from include pro-catharsis, anti-catharsis, and control literature. Asked whether they preferred violent video games or not, twelve (20%) participants indicated that they preferred violent video games, while 48 (80%) indicated they did not prefer them.
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