The Effects Of Video Games On Children 's Violence

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Electronic gaming is becoming an activity that more and more children, teens, and young adults are doing with their spare time. People are beginning to blame violent video games for society 's violence problem because more and more people are spending time playing games. If a teenager commits a school shooting at his high school, someone is going to say that the school shooting occurred because that teen played a violent video game. With gaming become a more popular way for a child to spend his free time, parents should limit the amount of time that a child spends playing video games because violent games affect a child’s prosocial behavior and desensitizes him. Violent video games are becoming more popular in nature, which is why most people are blaming them for society’s violence. According to Tear Morgan and Mark Nielsen, “the highest grossing video game over five days through to the end of 2011 was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ($775 m)” (1). Call of Duty is a video game that requires the player to complete missions while shooting at enemies. If the player is shot and wounded, blood is splattered on the screen. Seven of the top ten video games in 2015 as of July were video games that contained violence. Those games include Mortal Kombat X, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield Hardline, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Batman: Arkham Knight, Dying Light, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Morris). As violent video games are being played more by children and teens, society has begun to question the effects that violent video games have on children. Violent video games are said to have effects on children which, has resulted in the public questioning the effects, if any, playing violent video games have on children. Some believe that vio... ... middle of paper ... ...egative effect of playing video games. Video game violence is believed to affect society because children are interrupting what happens in the video game as things that are acceptable to do in real life. The child becomes desensitized to violence when playing a violent video game for more than one hour a day. When seeing violence in society, such as a fight in public, instead of helping and stopping the fight a teen may ignore the fight and continue his day. When it comes to a child’s wanting to help others (prosocial behavior) playing violent video games for excessive amounts of time may cause the child to feel that they don’t need to help. I believe that parents limiting the amount of time their children spend playing violent video games to one hour a day would allow a child to spend their spare time playing something they like, while having no effects on a child.
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