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Video Games are highly addictive and cause mass shootings in America

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/2/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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awesomeemmatier

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The problem of video game addiction has been steadily growing over the years. The amount of children between the ages of 2-18 who played video games in 2009 was 68%. In 2011 the percentage of children between the ages of 2-18 who played video games had drastically risen to 98%.
Why is video game addiction bad? Because it causes children to not focus on schoolwork and can eventually control their lives, the violence in some video games makes kids think it is okay to kill, some people become so addicted that they will kill other people to get money to be able to play one more game, and when they are not allowed to play their game they will hurt people to be able to do so, or they will kill themselves.
Juris

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“The problem of video game addiction has been steadily growing over the years. The amount of children between the ages of 2-18 who played video games in 2009 was 68%. In 2011 the percentage of children between the ages of 2-18 who played video games had drastically risen to 98%.” You failed to cite your source. Assuming this is true, your argument does not show the causal relationship between video games and violence. In fact, a causal link between violent video games and violent behavior has not been proven. [1] Many studies suffer from design flaws and use unreliable measures of violence and aggression such as noise blast tests. Thoughts about aggression have been confused with aggressive behavior, and there is a lack of studies that follow children over long periods of time.

On the other hand, violent juvenile crime in the United States has been declining as violent video game popularity has increased. The arrest rate for juvenile murders has fallen 71.9% between 1995 and 2008. The arrest rate for all juvenile violent crimes has declined 49.3%. In this same period, video game sales have more than quadrupled. [2][3]

“Why is video game addiction bad? Because it causes children to not focus on schoolwork and can eventually control their lives, the violence in some video games makes kids think it is okay to kill, some people become so addicted that they will kill other people to get money to be able to play one more game, and when they are not allowed to play their game they will hurt people to be able to do so, or they will kill themselves.” This is not supported by any evidence. Where is the evidence that proves your claim? Did you that In 2005, the US had 2,279 murders committed by teenagers (27.9 per million residents) compared to 73 in Japan (3.1 per million). Per capita video game sales were $5.20 in the US compared to $47 in Japan. This example illustrates that there is no correlation between violent behavior and playing video games. [4] [5] [6]








Sources:


1 Dmitri Williams and Marko Skoric, "Internet Fantasy Violence: A Test of Aggression in an Online Game," Communication Monographs, June 2005

2 "Crime in the United States, 2008," FBI website, Sep. 2009

3 "Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry," Entertainment Software Association website, May 2009

4"2008 CESA Game White Paper," Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA), 2008

5 Crime in the United States, 2005," FBI website, Sep. 2006

6 White Paper on Crime 2006," Japan's Ministry of Justice website, 2006
Debate Round No. 1
awesomeemmatier

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by sharky2227 3 years ago
sharky2227
I say no video games do not cause mass shootings in america at all, as a recent college student and an avid gamer i can say i didn't get an overwhelming urge to go out and shoot someone because of my call of duty or battlefield or even my halo for that matter, and grand theft auto didnt make me want to go rob a bank before someone says that.
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