Violent Video Games Lead to Violence Essay

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In today’s day and age it has been suggested that teens are becoming more violent. Some worry that certain aspects of our technology, including the intenseness of violent video games, are affecting the violence among America’s youth, while others don’t see this as an issue at all. A study done in 2004, Factors Correlated with Violent Video Games Use by Adolescent Boys and Girls, reported that boys in grades seventh and eighth played violent video games to either release their anger or help them relax. According to the suggestion that video games act as a stress reliever, violence in video games should not be blamed for violent behavior. Even though many views about the effect of violent video games are negative, I argue that they don’t…show more content…
Research done on the effect of violent video games also shows that video games increase the ability for humans to process information quickly and make faster decisions. In order for the players to advance and win the games, they have to be able to assess, make decisions, and react quickly. Bell (2013) stated, “We now have numerous studies on how playing action computer games, as opposed to puzzle or strategy titles such as The Sims or Tetris, leads to an improvement in how well we pay attention, how quickly we react, how sensitive we are to images and how accurately we sort information”(p 2). Whether they’re talking into their headset to other players, shooting people or trying to dodge a bullet, gamers are always multi-tasking. Bell also stated that TV, as well as violence in the news, have been found to have a similar effect. These violent video games not only increase the gamers accuracy of making informed decisions faster than a non-gamer, they also have a direct impact on how gamers interact with and navigate our world. In my personal experience, violent video games have little effect on the gamer’s actions toward violence. Many of my friends, as well as my brother, play violent video games and aren’t looking to be violent toward the world. My friends say that they play the games because it helps them relieve stress from work or school and the games

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