Updated: Thursday, 18 Oct 2012, 10:32 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 18 Oct 2012, 5:58 PM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The violence in video games these days are said to be more graphic and more dangerous than they used to be.
"There's some data that shows kids who play violent games are more likely to act out violently. They're more likely to be in a physical fight," Dr. Weigle, of Natchaug Hospital, said.
News 8 caught up with the Natchaug Hospital psychiatrist after his presentation at the Institute of Living in Hartford. From 1999 to 2009 surveys how video game and computer use among teems has jumped from 53 minutes a day to two hours and 42 minutes a day. He says use of video games alone is now five times what it was.
"This has really changed the landscape or childhood and adolescence," Dr. Weigle said.
"It's really something to worry about and ultimately, this up to the parents to control and monitor what their kids are playing," Sen. Joe Lieberman said.
Sen. Lieberman has fought to combat violent video games since the early 90's and pushed for the ratings system which parents now use.
Dr. Weigle is equally concerned about social networking sites. He says teenagers post things on Facebook they wouldn't normally say in person and that has gotten them in trouble and has also damaged their self esteem.
"A lot of times the negative interactions lead to self esteem depression and frequently we see in the psychiatric practice suicidal ideation and attempts as well," Dr. Weigle said.
Dr. Weigle echoes the senator's call for parent involvement. He says they need to monitor what their kids are watching and playing and limit the amount of time they are online.