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Does violent video games and media affect the behavior of young adults?

Psychology
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Abstract
This research paper aimed to investigate how violent video games and media affect the social skills and behavior of young adults. Research support that violent video games and media affect the behavior of young adults, the research also supports that not all media and violent video games have a negative influence on individuals, some media and games made kids smarter and more social. Before any research was taken into consideration I believed that violent video games and media had a negative affect on how kids/ adolescents would act socially, however after I had done some research I found out that video games/ media has a negative affects but also a positive affects. I concluded that people, who play to many violent video games and watch violent media, would be influenced negatively. Which can be read about in the research paper. On the other hand not all video games are bad as there is proven positive effects of playing these games, like: better hand-eye coordination, improvement of learning skills, educational effects. Word count: 170Table of Contents

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Do violent video games and media affect the behavior of young adults? This question has been asked many times through out the years and there has been done a lot of research to see whether or not it is true that media does affect how young adults behavior. When it comes down to seeing if the behavior changes when playing violent video games you are forced to look into different areas of behavior. The main behaviors that we look into are the social behavior, and the other is biological behavior such as genetics. A big reason why we look into the social behavior is because we want to see how kids interact with other kids after playing these games and see what happens if they don’t play the games and so forth. We look into the biological behavior because maybe the games have nothing to do with how the kids are acting but more that it’s a genetic thing that makes them act the way that they do. However we also want to see if some kinds of video games and other media have a positive influence on kid’s behavior.

Violent killing of Policeman
In 2006 a kid was arrested because a police officer saw him jacking a car, they took him back to the police station where he attacked a police officer took his gun and shot 2 other police officers and a 911 dispatcher killing 3 people in total. On his way out the back door he stole keys to a police car and drove off. This kid had no criminal record what so ever. Later research showed that he had played a lot of violent video games, they were also able to find out which games he had played and the game that he had played was Grand theft Auto. In this game there is a lot of shooting police officers and steeling cars and the researchers believed that he got his violent behavior from this game. The author of this article did some additional research about violent video games and found some interesting things about the topic. She found two studies, one study they looked at how the blood pressure went up when adolescents played fighting games. They had two groups one group played the more violent version and the other group played a version with almost no blood in the game. As they were playing the two different games they had monitors strapped to them and showed that the blood pressure...

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