Video Games And Movies Cause Violent Behavior And Aggression?

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Do violent video games and movies cause violent behavior and aggression?
In a debate that has been going strong for nearly two decades, the latest research suggests that the influence of violent video games has been overstated (Grohol,2013). In a new study by Drs. Christopher Ferguson and Cheryl Olson discovered that high risk teens who had symptoms of depression and attention deficit disorder did not become aggressive bullies or delinquents because of their watching video games. The playing of video games actually had a very slight calming effect and helped to reduce aggressive and bullying behavior, on the children that were playing the games. They have found that kids play these games for several reasons; to cope with their emotions, to
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There were correlations between playing violent games and physical fights and delinquent behavior with a greater amount of game play but this was a small percentage of children and was also shown in children who had already exhibited aggressive traits and a had an abnormally high stress level. The traits of aggression and stress have more to do with the behavior that these children exhibit more than a reaction of the violent video games themselves. There are 5-6% of children who are sometimes violent and this has no causal relationship on whether the games have anything to do with this, it’s more of a correlation and can be caused by other factors in life(Beresin,2012). Research by the Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime of school shootings; do not show a link between violent video games and real world attacks. In the case of the Columbine shooters, one had a depression problem and the other was a psychopath, they did play violent video games but were already had the predisposition for violence so this was not a causal factor. Even so, many professional …show more content…
But in some of the studies there are a small percentage of kids and young adults that have a relationship between violent TV or movies watched and real life violence. This is especially true in very young children that cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality. At a young age the children may not think that what they see is wrong on television or other media and may try to copy what they see. This can be the cause of not having the parental guidance that the children need in making the right decisions and knowing right from wrong.
In Japan violent homicides are almost 0% and there is a huge video game following in that country, so there has to be other factors in our country having so many violent crimes and behavior. This is said to be the cause of having strict gun control or immigration regulations in Japan. The majority of violent acts in the United States do not involve guns so it has to be said that there is something in our society that is a causal factor in aggression and violence but we cannot say one way or the other that the cause is the media

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