Teens Playing Violent Video Games?

By: Aubrey Reynolds

Violent Video Games

*** Should tens be playing violent video games? Well studies show that about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others. Who would have thought of that?

Opinion on Violent Games for Teens

*** I think that teens should have to ask their parents/guardian if they can play a video game, and if they say no then they shouldn't sneak it. In other words, it should be up to their parent/guardian.

Pros

*** Playing video games, including violent shooter games, may boost children’s learning, health and social skills, according to a review of research on the positive effects of video game play to be published by the American Psychological Association. Simple games that are easy to access and can be played quickly, such as “Angry Birds,” can improve players’ moods, promote relaxation and ward off anxiety, the study said.

*** “If playing video games simply makes people happier, this seems to be a fundamental emotional benefit to consider,” said Isabela Granic.

Cons

*** Playing video games can hurts your eyes if you stare at the screen for to long. Some people can become completely addicted to video games and they do not go to work (or school), do not eat properly and do not exercise enough.

*** Some people may think that taking drugs, getting drunk and smoking are not harmful when they are presented in video games without the characters feeling any effects from their behavior.

*** "Children and adolescents can become overly involved and even obsessed with video games. Spending large amounts of time playing these games can create problems and lead to... aggressive thoughts and behaviors." says The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Summary

*** Some people think that teen should be allowed to play violent video games because they don't care or because they think that the teens will get good hand eye coordination and so on.

*** And some people think that teens shouldn't be allowed to play violent video games because by playing those game they could commit suicide or kill someone trying to be a person from a video game.

interesting things

*** I found it interesting that playing violent video games can weaken empathy to others.

*** I also thought it was cool that i will get better hand eye coordination by playing Halo with my brother.

my new opinion

*** I now think that teens should be able to think for themselves and play games that aren't to violent so they don't turn into very violent people with out realizing so.