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Video Games Lead To Violence

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Started: 7/29/2017 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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First and foremost, video games can assist with the growth and development of our brain. A recent study by neuroscientists have shown that video games have many cognitive benefits. The study has found that video gaming can stimulate neurogenesis (growth of new neurons) and connectivity in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning. Neurogenesis and neuroplasticity improvements were observed in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. These brain regions are involved in functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation and strategic planning. Increasingly, the level of connectivity between brain areas is being linked to higher intelligence and consciousness.


There was a study done with 200 kids, with kids the age of 10 or 11, showing that the longer they played video games, the more aggression was stored up in the kids. Children who played for longer than three hours each day had higher levels of aggression and lower levels of academic engagement. Considering the vast number of children and youth who use
video games and that more than 85% of video games on the market contain some form of violence, the
public has understandably been concerned about the effects that using violent video games may have
on individuals, especially children and adolescents.

Now admittedly that video games are not the main reason for mass homicide and school shootings because it all comes from the person's family, environment, and chemical imbalances that they might hold but like you said, "Video games can assist with the growth and development of our brain." While video games can be healthy for brain development they can do just the complete opposite in people, especially in children and adolescents, because their brains are still developing.

Scientific research has demonstrated an association between violent video game use and both increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive affect, aggressive cognitions and decreases in prosocial behavior, empathy, and moral engagement.

Playing violent video games causes more aggression, bullying, and fighting. 60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls who played at least one Mature-rated (M-rated) game hit or beat up someone, compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play M-rated games. A 2014 peer-reviewed study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that habitual violent video game playing had a causal link with increased, long-term, aggressive behavior. Several peer-reviewed studies have shown that children who play M-rated games are more likely to bully and cyberbully their peers, get into physical fights, be hostile, argue with teachers, and show aggression towards their peers throughout the school year.
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Posted by Luxray2854 2 years ago
pro made so many claims but didn't cite a single source lmfao
Posted by PowerPikachu21 2 years ago
I've heard that video games do affect a child's brain. I've heard that video games don't affect a child's brain. Either one could be true, really. But I don't think it's a big deal as a whole.
Posted by dsjpk5 2 years ago
I've done this debate before, and didn't find it interesting, so I don't plan on accepting this debate. Having said that, I do have some advice for you... don't plagiarize. It's frowned upon heavily by those who vote on these debates.
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