Pro And Cons Of Violent Video Games

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Claim: I think violent video games cause behavior problems.

Pro
According to Jeff Grabmeier, "‘Broad Consensus’ that Violent Media Increase Child Aggression," news.osu.edu, Oct. 6, 2014, 90% of pediatricians and 67% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children.

Pro
Many mass shootings have been carried out by avid video game players: James Holmes in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting (2012); Jared Lee Loughner in the Arizona shooting that injured Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six others (2011); and Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway (2011) and admitted to using the game Modern Warfare 2 for training according to, Mike Jaccarino, "'Training Simulation:' Mass Killers Often Share Obsession with Violent Video Games," foxnews.com, Sep. 12, 2013

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Over 150 million Americans (and 71% of teens) play video games. There have been 71 mass shootings between 1982 and Aug. 2015, seven of which (9.8%) involved shooters age 18 or younger says Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan, "A Guide to Mass Shootings in America," motherjones.com, July 24, 2015, Krista Lofgren, "2015 Video Game Statistics & Trends Who's Playing What & Why?," bigfishgames.com, Mar.
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Matthew Grizzard et al., "Being Bad in a Video Game Can Make Us More Morally Sensitive," Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, July 2014. Another study published in Computers in Human Behavior discovered that youths exposed to violence in action games displayed more prosocial behavior and civic engagement, "possibly due to the team-oriented multiplayer options in many of these games."Christopher J. Ferguson and Adolfo Garza, "Call of (Civic) Duty: Action Games and Civic Behavior in a Large Sample of Youth," Computers in Human Behavior, Mar.
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