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Consumer Confidential: Making peace with video games

Ask any parent how they feel about their kids' video gaming, and you'll almost certainly hear concerns about all the hours spent in a virtual world and the possibility of antisocial or even violent behavior. But are these concerns valid?

My teenage son is a gamer - bigly - and I've wrestled with how proactive I should be in monitoring an activity he's clearly passionate about. Research on the subject is all over the map, from those who say gaming is a benign part of young people's lifestyles to those who see it as a gateway to the next Columbine.

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