The Unknown Effects of Video Games on Teens

928 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
Although everybody swings one way or another, most can agree that albeit video games may or may not be bad, the overuse of these games, can be and is a major problem in the world. Many believe that video games have an exponentially negative effect on teenagers. Many believe that video games desensitize players. In a 2005 study, violent video game exposure has been linked to reduced P300 amplitudes in the brain, which is associated with desensitization to violence and increases in aggressive behavior. Furthermore, these types of games often times reward players for killing, defacing public property, and stimulating violence. Games such as Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto, seem to cause players to feel happiness and joy in creating pain and havoc. However, there is another side to this story. Others believe that video games are contributing to an increasingly safe and more friendly atmosphere in the United States. In fact, sales of video games had more than quadrupled in 1995-2008, while the arrest rate for juvenile murders fell 71.9%, and the arrest rate for all juvenile violent crimes declined 49.3% in this same period. Even more, is the thought that, playing violent video games provides a safe outlet for aggressive and heated feelings. A study from 2007 reported that 45% of boys played video games because "it helps me get my anger out". Not only that, but another…
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