Why games really are linked to violence.
By Amanda Schaffer|Posted Fri, April twenty-seven, 2007, in 4: 15 PM
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On The Daily Show on Thursday night, April 21, Jon Stewart made brief work with the suggestion which the Virginia Technology shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, might have been influenced simply by violent game titles. (Cho may or may not have performed the popular first-person-shooter gameCounter-Strike in high school. ) Any video-game interconnection has also been dangled after earlier killings, to the irritation of bloggers. The reviews are that shooterLee Boyd Malvo played the game Halo before his sniper episodes around Washington, D. C., and that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold loved Disaster. Does the link between video gaming and violence hold up? Another acts obviously have multiple, complex triggers and are awfully hard to predict. And clearly, thousands of people play Counter-Strike, Halo, and Doom and not commit criminal offenses. But the implied question is whether exposure to video-game violence is usually one risk factor intended for increased hostility: Is it linked to shifts in attitudes or responses that may predispose kids to act out? A large human body of proof suggests that this can be so. The studies have their shortcomings, but taken as a whole, they demonstrate that video games possess a potent effect on behavior and learning. My apologies, Jon Stewart, but you don't have to be a fuddy-duddy to worry about the virtual sides your child lives in. Advertisement
3 kinds of exploration link chaotic video games to increased hostility. First, there are studies that look for correlations between experience of these online games and real-world aggression. This work shows that kids whom are more submerged in violent video games can be more likely to obtain into physical arguements, argue with teachers, or display anger and hostility. Second, there exists longitudinal research (measuring habit over time) that assesses gaming behaviors and belligerence in a group of children. One...