01/07/2015 · Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior

The fighting that kids engage in with video games is more akin to play than violence.
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Video games can also have positive social effects. One measure of this which has significant research is that of prosocial behavior. Prosocial behavior is defined as when one person acts to help another. While research on this topic is mixed, there is evidence that games which focus on prosocial behavior lead to prosocial results (Schie & Wiegman, 1997).

Shaffer, D. W., Squire, K. R., Halverson, R., & Gee, J. P. (2005). Video Games and The Future of Learning. , 104-111.
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It is possible school systems just started to look into bullying more frequently due to the heavy media exposure of school shootings. Also more children may have chosen to report bullying due to cultural attitudes towards it changing. None the less these rises in bullying statistics do correlate with an increase in violent video games.

Bartholow, B. D., & Anderson, C. A. (2001). Effects of Violent Video Games on Aggressive Behavior: Potential Sex Differences. , 283-290.
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In his book , Derek Burrill suggests that modern videogames have borrowed much of their material from Hollywood. The player character in many games, referred to as the avatar, is generally created to be at least somewhat superhuman. Just like in movies, this portrayal of what an individual is supposed to be contributes to identity development. Many games involve male characters that are incredibly well built and tough, and female characters that are physically attractive. As Burrill puts it, “in short, avatars are sexy” (Burrill, 2008, p. 75).

Emes, C. E. (1997). Is Mr Pac Man eating our children? A review of the effect of video games on children. , 409-414.
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This analysis reveals that traditional gender roles and violence are central to many games in the sample. There were no female characters in 41% of the games with characters. In 28% of these, women were portrayed as sex objects. Nearly 80% of the games included aggression or violence as part of the strategy or object. While 27% of the games contained socially acceptable aggression, nearly half included violence directed specifically at others and 21% depicted violence directed at women. Most of the characters in the games were Anglo. (Dietz, 1998, p. 425)

Do Video Games Influence Violent Behavior

The study found that, in general, there is at least a modest link between electronic media consumption and obesity, smoking, drinking, and violence. The study focused largely on TV and movies as the basis for the first three, but specifically mentioned the effect of videogame violence as increasing the risks of violence in teens. The research in this study concluded that “brief exposure to violent video games increases aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behavior” (Escobar-Chaves & Anderson, 2008).

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Playing video games is often associated in our society with poor academic performance. This anecdotal idea is supported by some research. A 2000 study found a negative correlation between GPA and time spent playing video games (Anderson & Dill, 2000). The correlation was relatively small. Time alone accounted for a 4% variance in GPA, yet the findings are significant. However, several older studies contend that the results of research have been mixed. A 1997 study suggests that “there is no clear causal relationship between video game playing and academic performance” (Emes, 1997, p. 413). It goes on to say that the research is “sparse and contradictory” (Emes, 1997, p. 413).

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Video games always provide a great pass time activity for children. These games are so many and so addictive that when a child is not controlled, he can spend all his time playing the games. The game a child plays can be a good or a bad thing in his life. For example, children who learn how to play chess at a tender age usually show signs of high levels of intellect. However, the same case does not apply for violent video games.