Do Violent Video Games Cause Youth Violence?

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More than ninety-five percent of children from ages twelve to seventeen played video games in 2008, thus fueling an $11.7 billion domestic video game industry (procon.org). In 2008 ten of the twenty best selling video games of all time contained violence (procon.org). The argument that video games augment the behavior of juveniles is completely invalid. Psychologist Christopher Ferguson led a long term study and proved that video games had no link to youth violence (independent.co.uk). From the years 1996 to 2011 the youth violence rate has steadily declined while the video game industry and the popularity of video games has skyrocketed (procon.org). The sales of video games have quadrupled from 1995-2008, but the arrest rates for juvenile …show more content…
Some video games require the player to think critically and make them make fast decisions using information acquired throughout the game (http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/). The website Daily Tech did a study and found children who play video games are given problems to solve, many of which must be solved quickly. This improves a child 's critical-thinking skills and can teach children the worth of trying several different solutions to a problem, a skill that will benefit them for life (http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/). Video games have been blamed for the lack of social skills in children, but according to Psych Central the opposite is true, some games put people from around the world together to solve issues, and complete tasks. Playing video games is also very beneficial to children with autism. Playing video games can teach children with autism how to respond to visual and verbal queues, in turn improving their social responses (http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/). Video games have also been shown to be educational.. According to John L. Sherry, at Michigan State University, educators are implementing educational games in the classrooms as a motivational tool. The right video games aid kids in mastering everything from basic grammar to difficult math without the hassle of flashcards. Many games require children to anticipate movements and, in the case of three-dimensional video games, require players to alter objects through a 3D environment, improving spatial-relationship skills (http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/). Video games also have been shown to improve children 's motor skills and hand-eye coordination. At Deakin University in Australia, researchers found that preschoolers who play motion controlled video games, such as Wii, have better motor skills than kids who do not play video games, and the study also found that children who played those

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