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Do you think video games negatively affect society?

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Started: 3/8/2012 Category: Technology
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Link24

Con

I believe that video games are a recreational activity then is used to just have fun and relax, what are your thoughts guys?
TheApologist

Pro

I accept.

by the way: who has the burden of proof?
Debate Round No. 1
Link24

Con

Link24 forfeited this round.
TheApologist

Pro

Since my opponent has forfeited. I will do my best to present my arguments, however I will have to wait to refute until a future round.

1. Obesity
If a person sits at their computer most of the day (whether doing video games or something else) they will increase in obesity. This is increasingly a problem in society.
Some examples:
  • Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are overweight or obese.

  • Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar medical burden every year.

  • Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years.

www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-6069163.html



2. Squanders time which could be used more valuably in other ways.
Fewer life skills are learned

Less time reading
Less time playing outside
Less time learning basic skills such as construction, car repair, and kitchen.
Less time cultivating creativity

I realize these do not really impact society as a whole... but consider a car repair shop who wants to hire someone to change the oil or the tries on cars, if the prospect had already learned these skills from doing it for the ir parents car, then the the company would not have to invest in so much training which would impact society.

3. Is damaging to relationships.


4.Often teaches bad traits as good and acceptable
examples might include
killing out of revenge
stealing
hate
discrimination against certain groups
time wasting as a habit
evil means are acceptable if they lead to good ends
etc.

If you are constantly murdering people on a video game you will become desensitized who it happens in real life.

5. prepares the gamer for an unrealistic life situation
This point should be fairly self-evident

6. Creates a bad work ethic
One of the strongest arguments against video games is that it destroys work ethics. This is one of the primary reasons why we have so many 30 year olds who are still in college or just getting out of college.

7. Cause Mental Stagnation
Video games do not make you think. They cause idleness both mentally and physically

Debate Round No. 2
Link24

Con

Link24 forfeited this round.
TheApologist

Pro

My opponent has forfeited again. Arguments extended.
Debate Round No. 3
Link24

Con

Link24 forfeited this round.
TheApologist

Pro

TheApologist forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Link24

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Link24 forfeited this round.
TheApologist

Pro

TheApologist forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by TheApologist 4 years ago
TheApologist
Okay. You'll need to start the debate out though... provide your arguments. I'll then refute you (if I can) and provide arguments of my own.

So basically in this debate:
I: am trying to prove how media negatively effects society
You: are trying to disprove me and show how media is irrelevant to society.

I think after the second round you'll mostly be refuting me, because of the nature of the debate.

I'm looking forward to discussing this with you.
Posted by Link24 4 years ago
Link24
TheApologist: If u feel comfortable with it feel free to provide the burden of proof
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