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Will violent computer games turn a generation of teenagers into violent adults?

  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • Violent tv shows and video games make kids violent

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  • It could, to some extent.

    Science has come to a general consensus that violent TV does have an effect on kids' behavior.
    video games have additional reasons for concern, leading psychologists to believe that it is worse than TV.

    1) video games are even more likely to affect people's behavior than TV because they're immersive. People don't just watch video games; they interact with them.
    2) The games are also repetitive
    3) based on a rewards system.
    Repetition and rewards are primary components of classical conditioning, a proved psychological concept in which behavioral learning takes place as a result of rewarding (or punishing) particular behaviors.

    The brains of children and teens are still developing, & are thus even more susceptible to this type of "training."

    THE EVIDENCE:

    A 2001 study reported in the journal "Psychological Science" ( the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology)
    found that:
    "Children who play violent video games experience an increase in physiological signs of aggression."[1]

    In 2006 at the Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found that kids who played violent game showed increased activity in the amygdala, which stimulates emotions, and decreased activity in the prefrontal lobe, which regulates inhibition, self-control and concentration. [2]

    The 2008 study Grand Theft Childhood reported that 60% of middle school boys that played at least one Mature-rated game hit or beat up someone, compared to 39% of boys that did not play Mature-rated games.[3]

    In March 2011 A study published in the afore mentioned "Psychological Science" found that:
    "playing violent video games is associated with denying humanness to other people and Violent Video Games Increase Aggressive Behavior."[4]

    The APA:

    The (APA), is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. The following are from the APA:

    Article: "Video Games and Aggressive Thoughts, Feelings, and Behavior in the Laboratory and in Life,"
    Craig A. Anderson, Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology and Karen E. Dill, Ph.D., Lenoir-Rhyne College:

    Violent Video Games can Increase Aggression:

    "...Video games may be more harmful than violent television and movies because of the interactive nature of the games.
    Playing violent video games increase a person's aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior both in laboratory settings and in actual life. violent video games may be more harmful than violent television and movies because they are interactive, very engrossing and require the player to identify with the aggressor...

    ...Violent video games provide a forum for learning and practicing aggressive solutions to conflict situations," said Dr. Anderson. "In the short run, playing a violent video game appears to affect aggression by priming aggressive thoughts. Longer-term effects are likely to be longer lasting as well, as the player learns and practices new aggression-related scripts that can become more and more accessible for use when real-life conflict situations arise...

    Read the rest in my debate: http://www.debate.org/debates/Violent-Video-Games-Shouldnt-Be-Banned/1/

  • No boundaries exist

    Parents have no idea how violent video games can be played by Kids of all ages for hours on end. Siblings will play their brothers games when parents are to busy or tired to care. Games are routinely sold to underage kids even with parents' permission. Games include graphic torture, stabbing, high definition shooting and repetitive violent which teaches teenagers of all ages that violent is fun. And can be carried out with online friends and has as much effect as a game of scrabble. Young minds will be eternally scarred and the result will be many sick and violent adults.

  • Use Common Sense!

    If anyone has any common sense they will know not to go around killing people for "points' video games are made for non-releastic material. If video games tried to be real life thye would fail. There are some simulators, but not about violence. The best and "fun" video games are the non-releastic ones. Video games try not to be realistic you may think "Battlefield" is realistic but think about real life. If you were to make a "realistic" shooter, once you die you would have to quit forever, and never play the game again. If you were "injured" you would have to wait 5 months, before you were to play again. How could that game sell?

  • No, violence comes from people, not media.

    Video games are just a stress relief, they don't make anyone violent. People just use video games as a scapegoat for a persons actions because they want to feel safe in the fact that something made him do it besides his mental condition. Video games are just used as a stress relief and show you a community that will only really judge you on how you perform not who you are

  • No. Emotions, not exposure, cause violence.

    I will say, today's generation has been desensitized to violence through the barrage of violence that they are exposed to through the media, but that doesn't make them violent. Someone who is violent usually has some sort of deep emotional hurt. If anything, violent video games help hurting teenagers vent their anger.

  • They Aren't Doing Anything

    Kids know the difference between video computer and reality. They also know what is right and wrong. Therefore, I do not think that the violent computer games they play will make them violent people later on in life. Other things make people violent, not computer games. They have little to do with it.


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