[Clarification of remarks on video games and violence]
Koop in this statement qualified his earlier remarks about the role of videogames in fostering violent behavior by pointing
out that there was no data to support such a hypothesis. In coming years he encouraged scientific studies designed to yield
data on this issue, and continued to explore the connection between popular entertainments, including television and video
games, and violence.
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1982-11-10 (November 10, 1982)
Koop, C. Everett
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Statement by Dr. E. Koop, Surgeon General, 11-10-82
In replying to a question following a speech on family violence at the University of Pittsburgh, I indicated that some video
games may tend toward violence in their tone. This represented my purely personal judgment and was not based on any accumulated
scientific evidence, nor does it represent the official view of the Public Health Service.
My off-the-cuff comment was not part of any prepared remarks. Nothing in my remarks should be interpreted as implying that
video games are per se violent in nature, or harmful to children.