Violent Video Games Cause Aggression in Violent Video Games Cause Aggression in Children and Should Be Regulated
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Video games have become such a huge popular form of media as they are enjoyed by every people from all age. They can be seen as indispensable sources of entertainment for kids and teenagers, serve as the relaxing and joyful time after working hard. However, why does video game become such a controversial thing and why have many scholars begun to study both the negative and positive side of video games, especially violent video games? After a long time of studying overall the controversy, many scholars say that violent video games indeed can make players have violent thinking and aggressive behavior. Therefore, the violent video games should be regulated in producing and purchasing for kids and adolescents.
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Such coincidence that many shooters were a fan of violent video games before proved the negative impact of violent video games to the youth generation and made many scholars began to study the truth behind the whole controversy.
It might be claimed by some scholars and game players that the statement about gaming is unhealthy and can lead to violence is unproven. “The author examines the lack of scientific validity of the studies that insist upon a correlation between violence and video games” (Radford, 2005, p.3). The scholar said that those conclusions about the connection between video games and violence that several researchers had found were just tentative. The studies of researchers were accused for being biased in seeking evidence of the video games’ negative side. However, this argument is no longer correct as one of the most reliable studies proved the strong relationship between enjoying violent video games and the increasing in desensitization, aggressive thoughts and behaviors among young people (Bickham, 2006). In this study of Dr. Craig A. Anderson of Iowa State University in Ames, he and his colleagues looked at whether children and teenagers with playing violent video game habits could engage in aggressive behaviors three to six month later. The result of the study is children and teenagers with the stronger intensity of playing violent games did become more aggressive than their peer with the less playing. To
Show MoreThe first violent video game invented was during the 1970’s (Anderson & Bushman, 2001), since then, the degree of violence present in a video game has significantly increased. Today, the graphics, sounds, characters in video games have become more realistic than before any of the past years. Real-life associations are easier to make if a video game is realistic. Violent video games impacts individuals psychologically, physiologically and socially. On one side, these elements results in an increase in aggression, addiction, lack of empathy and desensitization (Myers, 2013, p. 295), fluctuation of heartbeats, high levels of blood pressure, and changes in the perception of society (Anderson & Bushman, 2001 ). In the other case, the…show more content…
Gamers might mimic the behaviour present in a violent video game consciously, or in time will subconsciously act out aggressive behaviours such as hitting, and punching. This is problematic because when it comes to the real-world, projecting aggressive behaviour results in serious consequences. As stated in Bandura’s Operant Conditioning theory, an individual’s behaviour can be moulded through punishment, if this idea is valid, then reinforcement through rewards is capable of moulding one’s behaviour (Myers, 2013, p. 280-281). The most common tactic used in video games is reinforcement via rewards. Violent video games are programmed to reward the player if he or she manages to successfully commit a crime, like shooting a particular target for example. Once this structure of the reward system has been established, the gamer will not only more than likely imitate this in real-life, but will also increase the likelihood for repeated behaviour. This leads into one of the most concerning effects of violent video games: addiction.
More importantly, the main driving force for the consequences of violent video games is caused by addiction. Addiction is simply a particular behaviour that is repeated over, and over again through time. In the case of violent video games, the addiction is behavioural, as opposed to substance addiction. Addiction is directly linked to the