By mimicking virtual violence and causing harm to themselves and others. There have been many cases where teens are driven by violent video games to do real life danger, there even has been occasions where violence that causes others to be violent. "I 've been waiting to do this for years." Those were the words of Chris Harper-Mercer before he killed 10 people, including himself, and left seven more injured in the massacre that took place on the Umpqua campus”… “Harper-Mercer was known as a recluse who was obsessed with violent gaming and the digital world, even finding supporters on those sites” (Fletcher). Harper was influenced by violent video games and all the violence and he took the virtual violence and killed himself and 9 others.
Grossman is a writer of two books on video game violence and thinks that video game is a major cause for violent teen behavior. On 1997 in a Paducah, Kentucky high school shoot out a 14 year boy shot eight people and five where headshots. This was believed to be a effect of the teen playing first person shooter games. The FBI say that trained law enforcement officers only land one out of five shots and this boy had no past experience shooting except for in the game. “Exposing children and adolescents (or "youth") to violent visual media increases the likelihood that they will engage in physical aggression against another person,” said expert Craig A. Anderson.
In recent years our society has experienced many tragic school shootings in which teens have committed heinous crimes for no apparent reason. The question has become who is to blame or what inspired these attacks on these innocent victims? This question has become an epidemic in our country. We live in a violent world and young people have easy access to it whether it's on television, in music or on the Internet. But with the explosion of media entertainment in recent years, video games have come under scrutiny as to whether or not violence in video games numbs children and teens to the consequences of real-life violence.
In “Can Playing Video Games be Harmful to Your Kids” Manshacher stated, “There is increased risk of being aggressive and normalizing aggressive behavior if violence-based games are played.”(P27). In this quote it shows how playing violent video games can affect their behavior. Also, in “Harmful Effects of Video Game” Bora Chandramita states, “People who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases ingressive behavior and hostile exactions each day they played...”(pg2) This indicates that playing for a period at time can affect your behavior. Clearly, playing video games can change your behavior. Violent video games can change children’s actions.
Also, violent video game makes an effect in children heart rate. In the book of “Impulse Control Disorder” edited by Elias Aboujaoude and Lorrin M. Koran stated, “individuals who previously played violent video games and saw real violence it resulted that the individuals had lower heart rates and decreased of galvanic skin response” (185). Children feel anxiety when seeing these types of violent actions that is in the video games. The situations that occur in the video games can happen in reality, that is where anxiety is created to children. Children are more easily to be scared of things that can take away their lives, therefore violent video games show them homicides leading them to have an effect on their health.
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The violence that children execute in today’s modern time could have a new factor that parents could not even imagine. Many children today spend most of their time playing video games and this could reflect a negative role in a child’s bad behaviors. Nearly all children, especially in the United States, have or have had a video game console or some type of electronic device that contain video games. Video games in general are not to be blamed but a certain category that majority of the gamers play is called violent video games. Adolescents and children are revealed to violent games could have a bad influence which should be controlled in today’s society.
From the terrible event in the 90’s of the Columbine shootings, or the more recent school shooting in Virginia Tech it seems as if the media has loved to point blame on video games. Many news reports have gone on revealing that this teen or that teen have all been at one point or another playing some sort of violent video game containing guns and killing. The media has made a clear stance on believing that the violence teenagers have watched and token apart of in a video game is the main cause of them replicating violence onto the real world. There have also been issues on governments banning certain video games form being sold in their... ... middle of paper ... ...nd Aggressive Behavior. Pers Soc Psychol Bull 2005; 31; 1573 Clem, Frances and Simpson, Elizabeth.
The shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killing thirteen students and teachers shocked the world. “They were video gamers who seemed to be acting out some dark digital fantasy. It was as if all that exposure to computerized violence gave them the idea to go on a rampage – or at least fueled their urges” (Carey 1). The shooters of this incident learned their deadly skills from video games. Seventy percent of children ages eight to eighteen have access to violent video games at their home.