video games do not cause violence

Topics: Video game, Adolescence, Aggression Pages: 5 (784 words) Published: December 25, 2013


Video Games: Beneficial or Cause Violence

Do modern video games contribute to the increasing level of Violence that is all around

us? Can we really attribute the shootings and bombings we see on the news to the increased

violence and realism in video games ? These are the questions reporters should be asking.

Instead the first question out of their mouths if the suspect is an adolescent will most certainly

be ' Was he addicted to playing violent video games ?' If the answer is yes, they look no farther.

They should investigate the suspect's background to see if he was violent before he started

playing games. Then look at the studies done on violent video games and they will find that

98.7% of all teens regardless of gender have played violent games(Kirsh, Steven J.). What is

truly remarkable is that less than one percent of all teens go out and commit a violent act.

Therefore this will prove that it is the violence in the suspect not the violence in the game that

has led to so many deaths. The findings of many studies prove it is society not video games who

has let the gamer down. It is society who has given them a 'bad wrap'. The media and most

others are not taking into account that the incidence of violence in this age group has continued

to drop as the sales of violent video games has climbed dramatically.

Researchers have considered role playing games a double edge sword. They say they are

excellent teaching tools but the violent ones teach violent conditioning. This is NOT so!

According to Christopher Ferguson of Setson University and the independent researcher Cheryl

Olson in her study published in Springer's Journal of Youth and Adolescences it is exactly the

opposite. Their research found that playing games actually had a very calming effect on the

youth's with attention deficit symptoms and helped to reduce their aggressive and bullying

behavior. They also stated that video games could be helpful when used to distract and relax

children and adolescence during painful medical procedures.

If you decide to do research on your own be careful. Some studies have carefully rigged

the results to only give the answers they want to prove correct. They recorded only the data the

showed they were right, that the games can and often does lead to aggressive and violent

behavior. If their findings did not show the prime reason being aggressive conditioning and

that being exposed to this violence in the games was the prominent reason for the increase

it was left out. You also need to check the background of the adolescents they worked with.

Did they carefully choose only those adolescents that already had a tendency told violent

behavior even before they played the games. Both these facts could greatly change the outcome

of the study.

When you are listening to the media take into account they are giving attention grabbing

headlines and if portraying video games in a bad light gets them the audience they crave they

will say or do anything to achieve their goal. The media loves to make outrageous claims that

video games either “inspired” or “trained” the suspect to commit these violent acts. They use

the rigged studies as their backup even calling them in to act as experts on the subject. For

instance Guy Porter and Vladan Starcevic who claim that “while playing video games

outwardly appears to be an innocuous activity, the limited data available suggest playing video

games may be related to aggressive and/or antisocial behavior.

So next time you hear about a video game “causing” an adolescent to “commit”

violence remember look up your facts yourself. You may see that while some psychologists

want to include video game addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical...
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