The Pros And Cons Of Violent Video Games

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Recently, there has been an interesting topic being argued over. The issue that has stirred much controversy recently, is if video games promote violence in the users. Many scholars, as well as professional organizations have dove deep into researching the topic. As expected, there are two sides to the argument. On one side, there is a group of individuals who strongly believes that violent videogames promote violence in the users. While on the other side, there is a vast majority of individuals who believe these claims are false. Though it is necessary to take a side on such a topic, it is necessary to look at all the facts and not be misled by mere opinions of others. From a large majority of studies and articles written by scholars, as well …show more content…
The APA has been performing studies on various individuals since 2013. Since then, the APA have been one of the associations studying and stating accusations against the violent videogames. Their studies increased after the Sandy Hook school shooting occurred. In the process, Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 children and 6 staff members. While there were some individuals that claimed this was a result of loose gun laws, others speculated that his obsession with violent videogames may have come into play. Since the shooting, the APA has been performing numerous studies on individuals in a desperate attempt to solidify the claims that violent videogames do incite violence. However, in a recent interview led by Alexandra Sifferlin of Time News, the APA stated “playing violent games is linked to aggression, but that there’s insufficient evidence to link the games to actual criminal violence” (Sifferlin). In the interview, the representative for the APA states that after 2 years of research on the case, they are still missing required data in order to connect violent videogames to aggressive criminal behavior. In multiple other interviews by news sources such as CNN and CBS News, the APA provided the same response to the interviewers. However, in all interviews, when asked what more information they need in order to link the subject of criminal violence and violent videogames together, they failed to provide an answer. The fact that the APA failed to provide what more information they need leads to another question. Does the APA even know what more information they need in order to conclude their study? In a separate interview led by Michael Casey of CBS News, the APA stated “Scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing

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