Do video games make you violent? Since Thanksgiving has happened this week, all of the college students were allowed to have off. That meant that, both my brother and I got to come home. Since haven’t been home in a while we decided to play Borderlands. Borderlands is an action role-playing first person shooter game. Playing this game got me thinking about violence in video games. My brother and I use video games as a bonding experience and a way to be entertained. But while we do these, are we slowly becoming more violent in nature?
I personally don’t think that videos games make a person violent. I feel like videos games can get a person’s aggression out in a positive way without hurting other people. “A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that children, especially boys, play video games as a means of managing their emotions. “61.9% of boys played to help me relax, 47.8% because it helps me forget my problems, and 45.4% because it helps me get my anger out.””
There could be a different stressor that causes the violence that may be in the person’s head. This could be activated by video games because it might put the idea of violence in a person’s head. This should not be a problem though, since they should be taught what is sociably acceptable in the real world. “A 2014 study published is Psychology of Popular Media Culture found that 90% of pediatricians and 67% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. More than 98% of pediatricians in the United States say that too much exposure to violent media heightens childhood aggression.” There is a counter argument which is a study which stated that “many studies failed to control for factors that contribute to children becoming violent, such as family history and mental health, plus most studies do not follow children over long periods of time.” This could be a key determining factor that determines if it is the video games that are making them violent.
Another way to look at this issue is the sales of video games and the crime rate. “Total US sales of video game hardware and software increased 204% from 1994 to 2014, reaching $13.1 billion in 2014, while violent crimes decreased 37% and murders by juveniles acting alone fell 76% in that same period.” The other way to look at this is “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.” It seems like there is not enough solid evidence that points to either side of the argument. There was a lot of studies that counter act each other making it difficult to say if video games makes you violent.
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