Video Games Do Not Cause Behaviour Problems In Teenagers

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Video games, violent ones to be precise, have gained a bad reputation. They have come under fire for affecting the behaviour of today’s adolescents either by making our kids lazy, insubordinate, or supposably prone to violence. The attempt to link violent video games to aggressive behaviour has been ongoing for decades with the earliest recording of controversy occurring in 1982. However just because violent video games have been associated with real-life violence does that mean that the violent games have caused it? Are these violent video games moulding this generations young minds to a more problematic or even aggressive side? Research suggests that it does not and video game players are growing tired of defending their hobby from analysts. There are many factors to consider in this argument such as the accuracy of these studies, what reliable studies actually show and how video games and real life occurrences are not generally linked, these factors together show that violent video games do not cause behaviour problems in teens. Popularity and Study Flaws Video games are now one of the most popular forms of entertainment around the world. They provide a way for people to interact with one another, either through the internet or side by side and they provide a variety of genres ranging from board games, role – players, racing, strategy and first person shooters but most important of all their main purpose is to entertain. Due to the popularity, the studying of this link between video games and violence has cost governments well over $10 million and as quoted from researcher Chris Ferguson “There are over 100 studies at this point that in some way or another tap into video game violence and aggression. Most of them are horrible.... ... middle of paper ... ...D 03 DECEMBER 2013]. PLAYING HIGHLY COMPETITIVE VIDEO GAMES MAY LEAD TO AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR . 2013. PLAYING HIGHLY COMPETITIVE VIDEO GAMES MAY LEAD TO AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR . [ONLINE] AVAILABLE AT: HTTP://WWW.APA.ORG/NEWS/PRESS/RELEASES/2011/08/VIDEO-GAMES.ASPX. [ACCESSED 03 DECEMBER 2013]. FROM HALO TO HOT SAUCE: WHAT 25 YEARS OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAME RESEARCH LOOKS LIKE. 2013. FROM HALO TO HOT SAUCE: WHAT 25 YEARS OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAME RESEARCH LOOKS LIKE. [ONLINE] AVAILABLE AT: HTTP://KOTAKU.COM/5976733/DO-VIDEO-GAMES-MAKE-YOU-VIOLENT-AN-IN+DEPTH-LOOK-AT-EVERYTHING-WE-KNOW-TODAY. [ACCESSED 03 DECEMBER 2013]. 10 YEARS LATER, THE REAL STORY BEHIND COLUMBINE - USATODAY.COM. 2014. 10 YEARS LATER, THE REAL STORY BEHIND COLUMBINE - USATODAY.COM. [ONLINE] AVAILABLE AT: HTTP://USATODAY30.USATODAY.COM/NEWS/NATION/2009-04-13-COLUMBINE-MYTHS_N.HTM. [ACCESSED 04 FEBRUARY 2014].

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