Do Video Games Cause Violence?


Alot of people think that children who play violent video games turn into bullys.Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence towards women.Critics argue that these games desensitize players to violence, reward players for simulating violence, and teach children that violence is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.Video game advocates argue that violent video games may reduce violence by serving as a substitute for rough and tumble play and by providing a safe outlet for aggressive and angry feelings.


-60% of middle school boys who played at least one Mature-rated game hit or beat up someone, compared to 39% of boys that did not play Mature-rated games.-playing violent video games in a list of behaviors associated with school shootings.-Violent video games teach youth that violence is an acceptable conflict-solving strategy and an appropriate way to achieve ones goals.-Playing violent video games increases aggressive behavior and arousal.-Violent video games can train youth to be killers.


-Violent juvenile crime in the United States has been declining as violent video game popularity has increased.-A causal link between violent video games and violent behavior has not been proven.-A 2004 US Secret Service review of previous school-based attacks found that one-eighth of attackers exhibited an interest in violent video games, less than the rate of interest attackers showed in violent movies, books, and violence in their own writings.-Violent games do not cause youth to be violent. Instead, youth that are predisposed to be violent seek out violent entertainment such as video games.-Playing violent video games provides a safe outlet for aggressive and angry feelings.
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