The Truth About Video Games

1124 WordsJul 14, 20185 Pages
It's dinnertime and your parents are yelling your name to come eat. You yell back saying, "I will be there in just a minute!" In reality though, you could take up to ten minutes, but then your food will be cold. Finally ten minutes have passed and your mother comes upstairs and threatens to ground you. Everybody has been in this situation before with different things such as movies and television. Since technology has developed rapidly, video games have become more realistic in terms of violence. These games and systems have reached second in demand in the media industry following television (Rottenberg et al. 30). The human species is an inherently violent species in this generation. When we play video games for extended hours at a time,…show more content…
In the time between 1999 and 2007, there has been a 30% increase in the number of kids suffering from being bullied (“Contribute to Youth Violence”). During the Connecticut school shooting in 2012, the killer’s motivation was video games, which he played right before he conducted the malicious mass murder (“Contribute to Youth Violence”). The FBI determined that video games were linked to school massacres in 2000 (“Contribute to Youth Violence”). Since video game purchases have risen, juvenile crime has risen along side by a staggering 50% (“Contribute to Youth Violence”). Finally, if a child keeps losing in a video game or becomes angry during the time they are submerged in their video game, they store up large amounts aggression. As aggression builds, radical ideas and actions birth in the brain of adolescents. These ideas rise because violent video games cause the frontal lobe of your brain, the center for the control of emotions and decision-making, to become fuzzy and unclear as if the brain is being blocked (“Violent Video Cause Aggression”). “A 2009 study found that it takes up to four minutes for the level of aggressive thoughts and feelings in children to return to normal levels after playing video games. It takes five to ten minutes for heart rate and aggressive behavior to return to baseline” (“Violent Video Games Contribute”). Yet, mature video games are not the only cause for aggression, video games that contain no
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