Video Games And Its Effects On Children

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M for Mature Video games have come a long way since first becoming popular in the 1970s. Electronic gaming has become one of the most common forms of entertainment among kids today. The games marketed to younger audiences are becoming less family friendly then when they were originally introduced. While many games are rated to be played by those eighteen and older many parents allow their children to take part in such games. From running around with a gun shooting everything in sight to surviving a nuclear apocalypse, games adolescents are playing are encouraging violent behaviors. Children who are frequently playing video games are also less likely to be successful in real world communication skills which can lead to depression. When a child is only reacting with people they’ve never met in online gaming lobbies they are likely to be less confident talking to a person in the same room. Prolonged exposure to violent video games desensitizes kids to violence, make them more aggressive, and affect their mental health. Video game violence is making kids less reactive to real world brutality. Barbaric games such as Call of Duty are taking violent real life situations like wars and making them into playable content. By giving players missions and rewarding the amount of kills they get; these games are making war seem like fun instead of the brutal heartbreaking situation it is in reality. In a study performed by social psychologist Brad Bushman, young adults were separated into
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