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Violent video games cause more aggression in young people

Joshua N inaProfessor Mrs. JacksonOctober 13 2010Psychology 1010

Video games have evolved much from what they use to be. Video games in the 70’s were simple; in one of them all it consisted of was one block on each side that could only maneuver up and down. It was called ping pong, their would be a ball that you could hit back in forth bouncing off you’re block, and sending it to you’re opposing opponent. Now in video games you can take a chainsaw and cut characters head off in the game and be rewarded with points. I chose this topic simply because it is interesting, and I my self play violent video games, and if they do produce more aggressive behavior or violence, then the world is in trouble because video games are main stream, and still growing.

Violent video game research is not old at all, no more than thirty something years. When they were done in the past, some cases show that it had absolutely no affect on a people. There were three studies that used self report data. Dominick in 1984 found that the amount of video games played had a positive correlation with one of three measures of aggression among tenth and eleventh grade boys (Thomas A. Kooijmans). Other studies in the past show little aggression or noting at all. With little or no evidence, there was no hard ground facts that could give proof that violent video games contribute to today’s violence.

In more recent studies shows that violent video games can cause more aggressive behavior. With older studies if done to a person who is not hostile at all or aggressive the game can have little or no effect. IF done to a person who is aggressive already and hostile the game can influence them more and make them into a violent person, or cause violent acts. I think the reason why violent video games have more of an effect on people who are already aggressive is they have the...
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