Positive or Negative Effects on Violent Entertainment on Youth

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Video games have become one of the world’s largest hobbies. Many choose to love them and others have quiet of an obsession. Since the 70’s, video games have become popular in entertainment and a fixture of 21st century childhood. The theme and idea expressed in popular video games is commonly violence. Many studies have issued that the violence used as entertainment in video games causes younger children to be more aggressive and violent. Violent video games act as a form of violence, but do not cause the violence to occur. Moreover, violent video games cause young children to be associated with a higher visuospatial cognition (visual perception), effects the brain development, along with media violence influencing a child to act violent and have aggressive behavior. Video game violence has become a highly politicized issue for the public due to the rising concerns that there is a high risk in aggression in violent video games. There have been several debates of video game promoting negative effects to the youth. The overall negative and positive influences in violent video games suggest to aggressions and visuospatial cognition (visual perception) in order to understand the development of an adolescent. However, many debates promote positive developments on youth such as visuospatial cognition (visual perception). In a Meta-analysis 1 (The Bad), video games have included a wide range of aggressions leading to behavioral, cognitive, and physiological prosocial measures (Ferguson). This study showed that there was a variance in violent video games and it used latters to determine the distinct of violence exposure and aggression. Although, the results indicated that there was only a 2% overlap in variance between the v... ... middle of paper ... ...n, Christopher. "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: A Meta-Analytic Review Of Positive And Negative Effects Of Violent Video Games." Psychiatric Quarterly 78.4 (2007): 309-316. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Jayson, Sharon. "Study the Player, Not the Video Game; Virtual Violence May Have More Effect on Certain Personalities." USA TODAY [Ohio, USA; Ontario, Canada] 15 Sept. 2011, Final ed.: 3D. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Olson, Cheryl K., et al. "M-Rated Video Games And Aggressive Or Problem Behavior Among Young Adolescents." Applied Developmental Science 13.4 (2009): 188-198. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Schwartz, Kelly D. "Chronic Violent Video Game Exposure And Desensitization To Violence Behavioral And Event-Related Brain Potential Data." Journal Of Youth Ministry 5.2 (2007): 95-98. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.

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