Violent video games and child aggression
Survey finds 75 percent of parents think violent video games contribute to actual violence.
Little more than one month has passed since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and the world still grieves for the 26 lives lost.
As the community of Newtown and the nation struggle to make sense of the devastation, gun control, mental health issues and violent video games have all been called into question. Groups like Sandy Hook Promise call for a ‘national conversation’ and President Obama is rolling out plans to curb gun violence, but the search for solutions on how to avoid a repeat incident remains.
In the days following the shooting, details unfolded surrounding Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Newtown shooter, his “strange” behavior and “obsession” with violent video games kept surfacing. Lanza lived at his mother's colonial-style mansion, where he had two of the house's four bedrooms – one for himself and the other for the computer where he played violent video games, reports the The Telegraph.
According to express.co.uk, Lanza's favorite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors. Was it a game or easy access to a deadly arsenal of guns – he reportedly learned how to shoot after his mother took him to local ranges - that inspired Lanza to carry out the deadly massacre?
The topic of virtual violence resulting in real life aggression has long been controversial. Are these games simply a fun hobby, or for children who may already be mentally or emotionally unstable, do these games have the ability to push someone over the edge?
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A new survey from Common Sense Media found that 75 percent of parents think violent video games contribute to actual violence. 1,050 people were surveyed, and 89 percent of them say violence in video games is a problem. (45 percent say it's a major problem; 44 percent say it's a minor problem.)
"There is a real harm in children having exposure to violence, such as playing violent video games," says Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A. of Chicago, IL. "By playing violent video games, children (and adults) become desensitized to this content and therefore experience less of an emotional reaction to violence," says Kissen. "Therefore, violent behavior becomes normalized and becomes a more reasonable alternative when experiencing a conflict."
Jason Schreier, Editor of Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide challenges the Common Sense Media survey findings and the association between violent video game use and violence.
“There have been no scientific studies that connect violent video games to violence,” he wrote on the site. “There have been studies that connect violent video games to aggression (more on that in the near future), but there is absolutely zero evidence, according to leading researchers in this field, that links violent video games to violent crime in any way.”
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I THINK THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH CONTROL U.S.A WANTS TO HAVE OVER THE SALES OF GUNS, THERE'S ANOTHER SYSTEM THAT NEEDS TO B CHANGE SO TRAGEDIES LIKE THOSE DON'T HAPPEN, AND FAMILIES NEED TO STAR @ HOME PARENTS NEED TO STAR PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR CHILDREN, ALL THE INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCUR, THE KILLERS HAVE HAD SOME SORE OF ABUSE OR HAVE NOT BEEN LOVED ENOUGH FOR THEM TO APPRECIATE HUMAN LIFE, HAVING KIDS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT FEEDING THEM, GIVING THEM CLOTHES, AND SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL, IT HAS A LOT MORE TO IT. FOR ME THE GUILT LANDS ON THE PARENTS, WE DEFINITELY NEED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO OUR KIDS AS THEY GROW UP. SHOW THEM LOVE NOT WAR, SHOW THEM VALUES NOT VIOLENCE, SHOW THEM LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL NOT THAT IS A CURSE TO LIVE, IF WE START DOING THOSE THINGS OUR FUTURE KIDS WILL BE THE BEST OF MANY GENERATIONS.
There is absolutely no evidence to support this kind of witch hunt; as for taxing games for mental health funding, why not tax congress for the same thing?
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