Essay on Violent Video Games Effects On The Child Mind

947 Words Oct 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Violent video games, now that’s a topic that has a lot of controversy behind it. Parents tend to over rationalize the concept of their child sitting in front of a screen for hours while mindlessly shooting and killing the characters in a game as if it were nothing. Filling their subconscious with the imagery of gore and guts splattered on a wall. Some parents tend to think that these games make their child act out in aggressive or in mischievous nature. This is where much of the controversy originates from. That initial thought of something bad happening because your child enjoys playing for example, the video game, ‘Grand Theft Auto’. Not mentioning any game imparticular, just games in general. The perception is it will make the child say for instance, take a joy ride in a stolen car, or start shooting random people on the side of the street.
However, there are some to believe that violent video games have a neurological and or sociological effects on the child mind. First let’s go over whether or not violent video games have a neurological effect on a child. There are a variety of research methods that support this idea. In the article we read are some examples that include “laboratory experiments, field/natural experiments, and longitudinal and cross sectional studies that have indeed shown us that violent video games increase aggression” (Pg.1035, Bushman, Brad J & Whitaker, Jodi L) thus leading to the child misbehaving. Not only would it increase aggression it may also…

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