Do Video Games Cause Violence?

It is no surprise that the present, as well as the future of entertainment, is centered around technology. As a result, video games have become increasingly realistic and the sad news is that the primary consumers of these video games are the kids and teens who are supposed to be our future generation. These games subconsciously encourage them to hurt and kill the enemies. As the latest technical advancements are promoting the video games to a significant degree, we are left into contemplating whether the video games really cause violence?

How is violence triggered in the minds of young people?

Overplaying the video games may encourage the young people to act in a negative way and to act very violently. Most video games involve the act of killing and the player can subconsciously learn these things even without conscious involvement. According to a study conducted by the CNN, some children were divided into 2 groups. One group was asked to play more video games than the other. The group that was more exposed to video groups was more violent than the other group.

When someone plays too much of video games, he or she may be probed into believing that violence is an amusing way of enjoyment. Moreover, most of these video games make use of weapons such as rifles, explosive and show bloodsheds. The Reports of the AACP.Org say that the video games are making the kids unsocial and also obese as they sit in a place and keep on playing hours together.

Can video games lead to addictions?

If video games are abused, they can lead to addictions. Most video games show that the players are continuously rewarded and therefore, the players are inspired to do so over and over again so that they can collect as many rewards as possible. These days, the players can connect with their friends on social media to compare the achievements and progress in the game. As a result, the new generation remains glued to their video games and are constantly in a state of rivalry to reach the highest possible grade in the video game.

Does playing video games make the teens unsocial?

Various studies conducted all over the world show that those children who are over-exposed to video games are likely to develop poor social skills and may become overweight. A study conducted by ScienceDaily shows that kids who play video games normally eat sugary foods, fries and chips and high-carb foods while playing. As a result, they tend to gain more weight due to eating unhealthy foods and lack of movement. These games are so addictive that they do not allow a player to go out and play or do some free-hand workout.

Kids who play video games do not feel that it is important to go to new places, explore the unknown things in the surrounding or even make new friends. They remain engrossed in their work of playing video games. Such kids also left into believing that they are not the real person but is a player in the game. This fact affects their performance in schools and personal interactions with teachers and elders.

Do the video games incite criminal delinquency among teenagers?

In 2015, the American Psychological Association has published a task force report which shows that there is a direct connection between children’s aggression and violent video games. But the members associated with the task force said that whether the video games correlate with criminal violence among kids is not clear. The research was first of its type and it was conducted for determining the extent of previous research studies conducted in this arena.

Video game violence also causes a sharp decrease in the pro-social behavior, empathy, and sensitivity to aggression. According to the professor of psychology at the University of California, the link between the violence in video games and the rising aggression in players is one of the most talked about area of the study.

What are the experts saying about violence from video games?

A study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture in 2014 showed that about 90 percent of pediatricians, as well as 67 percent of parents, clearly agreed that video games tend to increase the aggressive behavior among kids. Over 98 percent of pediatricians in the United States strongly agree that overexposure to violent media inevitably heightens aggression and violence among children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a report in the journal of Regis University that effortlessly highlights the present scenario of the influence of video games on children. The report contains spine-chilling statistics which should act as an eye-opener for all of us.

  • The 3rd leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 24 is a homicide.
  • About 599,999 children aged from 10 to 24 years were taken to the emergency departments of hospital and nursing homes due to physical assault and injuries through 2014.
  • Homicides and other assault-oriented injuries among youth account for over $16 billion in the lost work and medical costs each year in the United States.

Though there is a considerable scientific consensus regarding the harmful impacts of video games, there has been inadequate public and administrative action to reduce children’s exposure to these games. We may see that the new generation would manifest aggressive thoughts, violent feelings and threatening behaviors in almost all instances.