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Video games make children More violent

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Started: 3/4/2019 Category: Games
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Games don't make children more violent. If child is playing a violent video game and then does something to his classmate, What is similar to violent game he is playing. Game didn't to tell to hurt his classmate. The game CAN give a way to hurt someone, But doesn't make a child More violent, Because the child would hurt his/her classmate in the other ways.
(There can be exceptions)


Do Violent Video Games Increase Aggression?
Studies have shown that playing violent video games can increase aggressive thoughts, Behaviors, And feelings in both the short-term and long-term. Violent video games can also desensitize people to seeing aggressive behavior and decrease prosocial behaviors such as helping another person and feeling empathy (the ability to understand others). The longer that individuals are exposed to violent video games, The more likely they are to have aggressive behaviors, Thoughts, And feelings. These effects have been seen in studies in both Eastern and Western countries. Although males spend more time than females playing violent video games, Violent video game exposure can increase aggressive thoughts, Behaviors, And feelings in both sexes.

The analysis of 24 studies from countries including the U. S. , Canada, Germany and Japan found those who played violent games such as "Grand Theft Auto, " "Call of Duty" and "Manhunt" were more likely to exhibit behavior such as being sent to the principal's office for fighting or hitting a non-family member.

"Although no single research project is definitive, Our research aims to provide the most current and compelling responses to key criticisms on this topic, " said Jay Hull, Lead author of the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Based on our findings, We feel it is clear that violent video game play is associated with subsequent increases in physical aggression, " said Hull, Associate dean of faculty for the social sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, And the Dartmouth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Video game violence has been a hot-button issue for more than a decade. Interest in research on video games' potential for violence increased after it was learned Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, The two teenagers who committed the Columbine High School shooting, Played the first-person shooting computer game "Doom. "

But in a 2011 Supreme Court decision overturning California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors, The late Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed a link between the games and aggression. "These studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, And with good reason: They do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively, " he wrote in the majority opinion.

Since then, An American Psychological Association task force report in 2015 found a link between violent video games and increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence that violent games lead to criminal violence.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump convened a video game summit a month after the February shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Prior to that meeting, Trump said, "I"m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people"s thoughts. "

The Dartmouth researchers sought to reduce confusion about research findings " including disputes about the association between violent games and aggression " with a finely structured meta-analysis.

Those in the study who played violent games, Whether frequently or infrequently, Had an increase risk of aggressive behavior. The new research echoes Hull's previous finding that playing violent games equates to about twice the risk of being sent to the principal"s office for fighting during an eight-month period, He said. A separate 2014 study he oversaw of violent video games in 2, 000 families is one of the 24 included in the meta-analysis.

The effect is "relatively small, But statistically reliable. The effect does exist, " Hull said.

While there's not research suggesting violent video games lead to criminal behavior, Hull's previous research suggests players may practice riskier behaviors such as reckless driving, Binge drinking, Smoking and unsafe sex.

"A lot of people ask, Do these games really cause these kids to behave aggressively? I would say that is one possibility, " he said. "The other possibility is that it's a really bad sign. If your kids are playing these games, Either these games are having a warping effect on right and wrong or they have a warped sense of right or wrong and that"s why they are attracted to these games. Either way you should be concerned about it. "

Aggressive behavior is measured by scientists in a number of ways. Some studies looked at self-reports of hitting or pushing, And some looked at peer or teacher ratings on aggressive behaviors. Other studies looked at how likely an individual was to subject others to an unpleasant exposure to hot sauce or a loud noise after playing violent video games.

Unfortunately, Few studies have been completed on violent video game exposure and aggression in children under age 10. There is also little information about the impact of violent video game exposure on minority children.

There have not been many studies on the effects of different characteristics of video games, Such as perspective or plot. However, Some studies have found that competition among players in video games is a better predictor of aggressive behavior than is the level of violence

Do Violent Video Games Increase Violence?
Violence is a form of aggression, But not all aggressive behaviors are violent. Very few studies have looked at whether playing violent video games increases the chances of later delinquency, Criminal behavior, Or lethal violence. Such studies are difficult to conduct, And require very large numbers of children. It makes sense that since playing violent video games tends to increase the level of aggressive behavior it would also results in more lethal violence or other criminal behaviors, But there is no clear evidence to support that assumption.

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting in Florida in 2018, Policymakers are again questioning the influence of violent video games. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) affirms that their rating system is effective, But the APA Task Force on Violent Media recommends that the ESRB revise their rating system to make the level of violence clearer. The Task Force also recommends that further research must be done using delinquency, Violence, And criminal behavior as outcomes to determine whether or not violent video games are linked to violence.

Bottom Line
Studies show that they make children more violent.
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Posted by Ku4nt3m 3 years ago
Video games cause less harm to people by giving those who have a tendency for violence and aggression a "healthy" (by this I mean it doesn't physically hurts anyone) way of expressing those desires.
Posted by Christfollower 3 years ago
I am not saying everyone who plays violent videos games will be violent, I am saying it can be a cause of violence.

It is like saying air kills people because everyone who has breathed air has died.
No, Because unless that air contains an unhealthy chemical proven to kill if inhaled, Your statement is false. Air is not the cause of death. What about aborted babies, Or babies that died before being born?
Posted by TheCounterArgument 3 years ago
Just because violent people play violent video games doesn't mean that is the cause. That is a correlation but not a causation. I happen to play GTA V, LIS, LIS:BTS, LIS2, CSGO, And hotdogs, Horseshoes, And hand grenades. But I am not violent. It is like saying air kills people because everyone who has breathed air has died.
Posted by Christfollower 3 years ago
I am just going with scientific studies regarding this subject.
Why poorer countries have crime? Normally because they are poor so robbing other people is a way to provide. Also many are uneducated so they have nothing better to do. There are multiple reasons why poor countries have crime. I am posting this in hurry so forgive me for my lack of research.
Posted by kwbc 3 years ago
Is christ follower aware that other countries have violent video games and they don't havr the same issues as the USA? The amount of school shooters they have are also considerably lower than ours even though they have the same access to video games. Makes ya wonder, No?

A lot of third world countries in Africa, South america and asia don't have much access to video games but their youth is more engaged in criminal activity than more civilized countries. Why is that?
Posted by Alcar 3 years ago
Well, It really depends of the video games and, More importantly, How you play it. I see different effects:
- enhancement of violent behavior (negative effect)
- addiction-type effect (usually negative effect)
- increase the ability to keep his temper (positive effect, Except for those who want to commit a crime)
- catharsis (small positive effect)

From different studies, It seems that the first and the second effects outweigh the other ones so I'm on the pro side (this is also due to the video games currently present on the market). I would be on the con side if the proposition was "Video games make children violent".

Little remark: this is an argument to allow children to play video game. As a gamer myself, I can really easily detect by looking at how the children plays video games if the children has tendencies toward violence, Allowing me to act upon it. Lot of adults, Like my parents, Are completely clueless when it comes to video games. They generalize way way too much and cannot determine properly the type of interaction a gamer has with the video games.
Posted by Christfollower 3 years ago
I am aware of that, But this debate is focusing on video games.
Posted by ToasterMinistry 3 years ago
Not just video games make people violent
Posted by ToasterMinistry 3 years ago
@Christfollower. Ya know what makes people violent as well? Movies, TV shows, Football, School shootings, And many more. So many violent things are integrated into American society.
Posted by Christfollower 3 years ago
It is perfectly acceptable to use good articles like that. I agree with that view and you shouldn't expect e to do my own scientific studies.
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