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Do Video Games Cause People to Behave Violently?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

At first this question may seem daft to many because the chief argument against this claim is that children and adults in general can make a clear cut distinction between violence in a screen box and violence in the real world. However, there are people in this world who still believe that video games can cause children to imitate the aggressive behavior of video game characters. So to settle this argument once and for all, several arguments will be laid against this claim to prove it wrong.

 The first one which is blindingly obvious is the fact that you don’t see children spreading chaos and destruction in neighborhoods with lethal objects by killing or torturing people even after growing up. Millions of them play these video games and yet we rarely hear someone growing up to be a malicious psychopathic killer and in these cases there were other factors causing malevolent behavior. None of these people ever played video games in their lives and yet they turned out to be the biggest nightmares of society.

 The second argument is the parents of kids. Parents can play a huge role in the child’s development of personality. Kids imitate their parent’s behavior no matter how strange it seems. And as we know from psychologist’s theories children who have experience psychological or physical abuse from parents are more likely to break the law and turn a blind eye to societal norms such as basic politeness principles or forming healthy relationships.

 Third, the news media and this is a big one. Every time someone commits a crime like murder or brutal shootings the media creates huge headlines with news reports beating every minute small detail as much as possible in all crime cases until people get bored of it and switch channels. When the news reporters and columnists try to describe such events it gives a feeling to the viewers that they are trying to sensationalize these acts. They give all the attention to the person who commits the crime and very little to the victims. And given the fact that every person in the world likes fame it’s no wonder why some try to get under the ”spot lights” of the media’s attention with unethical acts. Psychologists who produced many offender profiles have noticed that almost all of them craved attention through their letters to police and the way they acted.   

 Lastly, the type of personality of a person is the biggest factor that determines how his/her life is going to unfold in the future. Personality is determined by environmental and biological factors. Sometimes one is weighting much more the other. For example, if someone is born with a brain disorder that causes him to develop psychopathy which basically means no moral rules roam his mind, he is more likely to commit an unlawful act. Additionally, if someone is repeatedly told that he is a loser, a social reject who can’t accomplish anything in his life, it’s no wonder he is going to end up in the dangerous criminals section in prison. It doesn’t always happen but it is not uncommon either.

 Conclusively, judging the future of a child based on what video games s/he is playing is definitely an extremely outrageous claim. And for those who use the argument that it causes children to have aggressive thoughts, I have news for you. Everybody has these kinds of thoughts. At some point in life, everyone had the thought of strangling the obnoxious office boss, to drown the big fat bully in school, to shoot the co worker who doesn’t seem to shut it. But that rarely happens. People have conscience which develops early in their lives, and this is what prevents most people from converting the vicious thought into action.



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