Do Violent Video Games Cause Gun Violence?

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With the introduction of computers, video games have become a main part of todays childrens’ and teens culture. As video games are becoming more and more prominent a lot of the old generation questions whether they are actually harmful for their children to be playing video games. Millions of studies are conducted to prove that video games are harmful at the same time others trying to prove the benefits of gaming life. Video gaming is a double-edged sword there are a lot of benefits of gaming and at the same time there are problems caused by gaming. But the benefits outweigh the harms by a significant amount. In todays world, where new video games are being released every single day, it is great news that these video games are actually helping …show more content…
“Per capita video game sales were $5.20 in the United States compared to $47 in Japan. In 2005, the United States had 2,279 murders committed by teenagers (27.9 per million residents) compared to 73 in Japan (3.1 per million).” (“Do violent Video Games,” 12) A study of the countries representing the 10 largest video game markets internationally found no correlation between playing video games and gun-related killings. Even though US gun violence is high, the nine other countries with the highest video game usage have some of the lowest violent crime …show more content…
“In the 2009 study, expert action gamers played first-person shooting games like ‘Unreal Tournament 2004’ and ‘Call of Duty’ while non-experienced action gamers played ‘The Sims 2.’ Those playing the shoot-‘em-up games saw a boost in their ‘contrast sensitivity function,’ or the ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of an image. Considered one of first of the visual aptitudes to diminish over time, the ability to pick out bright patches is key to tasks like driving at night.” (Guarini, 22) By constantly being alert and looking for the enemy, people who play first person shooter see a boost in their contrast sensitivity function. Their reflexes greatly increase as they are constantly alert and looking for motion. The process if locating and aiming at enemies’ exercises gamers’ eyes. And with the unpredictability of the enemy player popping up any second, gamers pay close attention to any changes on their

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