There is no clear answer to whether or not violent video games cause behavior problems. Some studies suggest that there may be a connection between playing violent video games and aggressive behaviors, while other research has not found a link.
It is possible that other factors, such as the amount of time spent playing video games or a person’s natural disposition, may be more important than the type of game being played in predicting whether or not someone will act aggressively. More research is needed to better understand the potential effects of violent video games on behavior.
Are violent video games making our children more aggressive? Is it true that if you put a person in front of a television set, give them a controller and let them play a violent first-person shooter for an hour, they’ll feel inclined to shoot up a school? Is it true that violent video games lead to more aggressive behavior? The results suggest that violent video gaming leads to greater aggressiveness, but not to more serious crimes.
“People who are prone to violence may be more attracted to playing violent video games in the first place.” (Ferguson, 2010) So, no the evidence does not support that violent video games cause behavior problems.
It is important to distinguish the difference between aggression and violence. Violence is a physical action whereas aggression is a verbal or mental attack. Just because a person is feeling aggressive does not mean they will act out violently. In fact, most people who play violent video games do not act out aggressively or violently. The people who are predisposed to violence may be more likely to be attracted to playing violent video games in the first place. (Ferguson, 2010)
A study was done with 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls where they were asked to play either a violent or non-violent video game for 20 minutes. The children were then asked to solve a puzzle with another child. The puzzles were designed so that the child solving it would have to ask for help from the other child. The children who played the violent video game were more likely to be verbally and physically aggressive when trying to solve the puzzle. (Ferguson, 2010)
While this study does show that playing violent video games can lead to increased aggression, it does not necessarily mean that the person will act out violently. This is because there are many other factors that contribute to violence. For example, if a person has a history of violence or mental illness, they are more likely to act out violently regardless of whether or not they play violent video games.
Trying to persuade others that playing violent video games does not cause kids to become aggressive is difficult. People, on the other hand, believe that simply because someone plays a violent game, they are automatically bad. Because there is no single cause behind violence or agitation that comes from playing a violent video game, simply because one plays one does not imply they will be aggressive in real life.
There are many other factors that come into play such as genetics, family environment, and social environment. Video games are just one small factor in someone’s life and cannot be solely blamed for any person’s behavior. It is important to look at the whole person when determining why someone might act out violently and not just focus on one thing like video games.
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Dr. Strasburger noted that school shooters typically had four factors in common. One, they’d been mistreated or bullied. Two, they had a mental illness. Three, they were socially isolated. And four, they’d been playing violent video games. Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, played video games but not to the same extent as violent video games; rather than at a local movie theater, he was viewing Dance Dance Revolution at a popular Japanese restaurant near his home.
The Columbine High School shooters were also fans of violent video games, but they were not loners and had friends. The一fact that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooter was playing a non-violent game at the time of his attack suggests that video games are not the sole cause for behavior problems.
It is important to look at all four factors when trying to determine if violent video games lead to real world violence. There is no one answer that will fit every situation. Video games can be a fun way to unwind and relax, but they should not be used as an outlet for pent up anger and frustration. If you or someone you know is having trouble controlling their anger, it may be time to take a break from playing violent video games.
For the previous two decades, academics have tried to determine whether or not video games contribute to violent behavior. There have been numerous violent occurrences in the world over this period, and it has been assumed that video game violence is behind it. I would agree with this statement because I’ve had someone act violently towards me, how realistic the games appear has improved considerably, and I’ve felt the sensation of playing them myself.
It is now easier than ever to purchase a video game, with physical stores and online retailers carrying countless titles. Video games have become increasingly life-like, with realistic graphics and sound that immerses players in the game world. With this level of realism, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about the effects of playing violent video games.
There is a great deal of research on the topic of violence in video games, but the findings are far from conclusive. Some studies suggest that there is a link between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior, while other studies find no connection at all. The problem with most of this research is that it relies on self-reported data, which can be unreliable. People may not accurately remember or report their own gaming habits, and they may not be honest about their aggression levels.
There is some evidence that playing violent video games does lead to an increase in aggressive behavior. One study found that people who played a violent video game for just 20 minutes were more likely to give electric shocks to another person, compared to those who played a non-violent game. Another study found that after playing a violent video game, people were more likely to identify weapons in pictures and were more likely to think that the world was a dangerous place.
So it seems that there may be something to the idea that violent video games cause aggression. However, it’s important to keep in mind that aggression is not the same as violence. Just because someone is more aggressive after playing a violent video game, doesn’t mean they will go out and commit acts of violence. It’s possible that the aggression caused by violent video games is simply expressed in non-violent ways, such as winning an argument with a friend or being more assertive at work.
In conclusion, there is some evidence that suggests playing violent video games can lead to increased levels of aggression. However, the research on this topic is far from conclusive. More research is needed to determine whether or not there is a causal link between playing violent video games and behaving aggressively.