The Truth Behind Violent Video Games

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Hear ye! hear ye! Teenagers of the world!

Tired of hearing your parents say that violent video games will rot your brain? Share this short infograph with them. Perhaps the family will learn a thing or two!

Is There Any Evidence Proving Violent Video Games Make Us Violent?

Well, no.

However, Dr. Rick Nauert performed a three day study to see the effects of playing violent video games. 70 french college students were assigned to play a violent or nonviolent video games for 20 minutes on each of the three consecutive days. Nauert concluded that aggressive behavior can occur in no less than three days based on a survey determining their response in a frustrating situation.

But it's only temporary.

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Weight Lifting For Your Brain!

What does a shooter video game do to our brains?

  • More accurate attention allocation
  • higher spatial resolution in visual processing
  • enhanced mental rotation abilities

In layman terms, if you play shooters often, you'll have a faster reaction time in any situation you find yourself in.

The American Psychological Association (APA)

Moderation is Key!

Although it's true that action video games or more specifically, shooter games, can improve cognitive abilities, it's wise to play them in moderation.

Playing video games for hours a day can lead to an increase in BMI. In addition, playing them right before bed can cause a restless night sleep.

For the Record

Parents, it's always a good idea to look at the ESRB rating of the game your child wants to play or is playing. The letter grade indicates the age group the game is recommended for and below it gives a broad idea of the content in the game. If you're convinced that the video games your child is playing is contributing to their misbehavior, give the ESRB a look.

A Prime Example...

Ignorant Mom: Ever since I got little Billy Grand Theft Auto 5, he's been cursing like a sailor! I just don't understand!"

Me: Did you look at the ESRB rating before buying it for him?"

Ignorant Mom: No, what's that?"

Me: "Well according to the ESRB rating, this game is rated M for mature audiences only. The game contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol."

Not so Ignorant Mom: "That's terrible! I'm taking that game away from him immediately and monitor what he plays from now on!"

Me: "Agreed. Go buy him some Lincoln Logs or something."

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Now Not so Ignorant Mom will look twice at the ESRB rating before buying her 10 year old son a game like Grand Theft Auto 5.