Violent Video Games: How are they affecting our Youth?

In this day and age it seems as if America’s youth is becoming more violent. Concern for those aspects in our society which influence violent acts has become an issue since the tragedy at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Many feel one aspect of today’s society affecting our nation’s youth in a negative manner is video games. Is this form of entertainment really a factor in teen violence? I think not. Video games are not to blame for increased teen violence.
As technology and a national surge in violent entertainment grows, so does the onset of violent video games. A major concern about violent video games comes from the innocence of a child. The media easily influences children and teenagers. Kids dream of becoming professional athletes from watching their favorite sports stars on TV. Ad agencies strengthen this desire with ads containing slogans such as, like MJ, if I could be like MJ, referring of course to Michael Jordan. Yet there is no concern that they could get seriously hurt from having the dream to be an athlete. In fact, most youth are encouraged to go out and play, and practice to get what they want. Although many people believe that videogames are the main source of violence, some school shooting show different. Very few school shootings were caused because of the suspect playing video games. It is normally always because they have a mental illness. Most causes of school shootings are bullying, mental illness, student of the past, etc. Yes, people see video games and how much violence they hold. But very few shooters are intrigued by video games. I can understand why parents with younger children would not want them playing these violent games, but just some free time would not hurt anyone. Recent surveys reveal an extensive presence of violence in modern media. Furthermore, many children and youth spend an inordinate amount of time consuming violent media. Although it is clear that

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