Video Game Playing Essay

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Video Game Playing

Video Game Playing and its Effects on Personality and Behavior in relation to Aggression

In recent years, technological advances have introduced many new forms of entertainment, one of the most popular being video games. Since their introduction, professionals and parents have become concerned with the addictive power that video games can have on people, particularly children and adolescents. Today, concern has shifted from the addictive effects of video game playing to the possible effects that they have on players’ aggression levels.

C. Braun and J. Giroux (1989) determined that the most popular category of video games is the war-type game. These are usually the most violent games, as most of them involve
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Two previous studies will be presented, and their results will help evaluate if video game playing causes people to become more aggressive.
Although important, the addictive properties of the video games will not be discussed. Since some of the studies cover gender differences but others do not, gender will not play a major role in this paper as well.


G. Kestenbaum and L. Weinstein (1985) studied the relationship of heavy video game use in adolescent male subjects to personality and psycho-pathological factors. They hypothesized that video game playing is positive in the sense that it releases pent-up aggressive energies. They felt that after playing a video game, adolecents should feel more relaxed, having invested so much energy, whereas those who never, or rarely play video games would not.

They also hypothesized that video games are particularly suited to low frustration tolerance adolescents because of video games’ nature of immediate feedback. (As opposed to discharging aggression through sports, for example, in which the results are delayed from one’s particular effort.) Video games also protect the adolescent from ridicule, or social stress factors since they can play by themselves and not be subject to external judgement. It was therefore hypthesized that they would not report a greater general interest in sports than other
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