Show MoreThe first violent video game invented was during the 1970’s (Anderson & Bushman, 2001), since then, the degree of violence present in a video game has significantly increased. Today, the graphics, sounds, characters in video games have become more realistic than before any of the past years. Real-life associations are easier to make if a video game is realistic. Violent video games impacts individuals psychologically, physiologically and socially. On one side, these elements results in an increase in aggression, addiction, lack of empathy and desensitization (Myers, 2013, p. 295), fluctuation of heartbeats, high levels of blood pressure, and changes in the perception of society (Anderson & Bushman, 2001 ). In the other case, the…show more content…
Gamers might mimic the behaviour present in a violent video game consciously, or in time will subconsciously act out aggressive behaviours such as hitting, and punching. This is problematic because when it comes to the real-world, projecting aggressive behaviour results in serious consequences. As stated in Bandura’s Operant Conditioning theory, an individual’s behaviour can be moulded through punishment, if this idea is valid, then reinforcement through rewards is capable of moulding one’s behaviour (Myers, 2013, p. 280-281). The most common tactic used in video games is reinforcement via rewards. Violent video games are programmed to reward the player if he or she manages to successfully commit a crime, like shooting a particular target for example. Once this structure of the reward system has been established, the gamer will not only more than likely imitate this in real-life, but will also increase the likelihood for repeated behaviour. This leads into one of the most concerning effects of violent video games: addiction.
More importantly, the main driving force for the consequences of violent video games is caused by addiction. Addiction is simply a particular behaviour that is repeated over, and over again through time. In the case of violent video games, the addiction is behavioural, as opposed to substance addiction. Addiction is directly linked to the
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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.
The effects of violent video games are as varied as the number of the games. One effect that is common with all of them is their addiction. This can be a terrible thing because a child might not do any productive activity whenever at home. This means that he does not study when at home or even do his assignments. Consequently, his performance at school definitely deteriorates. Moreover, the child could sacrifice development of his talent such as attending a music class just for the purpose of playing a violent game.
Another effect that has caused ripples among parents and the society in general is the possible violent behaviour in kids who play such games. Several studies have been conducted to investigate the relationship between such games and violent behaviour in children. Controlled experiments place little emphasis on this relationship. The obtained results show that the negative effects of such games are quite minimal.
There is also an observation regarding these games and their players where children who are naturally aggressive prefer playing this type of games to others. This observation waters down the chances of violent games leading to violent behaviour in children. When interviewed, some kids who play this type of games say that they are not negatively affected by the games. This is definitely backed up by their non violent behaviour.
It has also been observed that violence displayed on television such as in action movies or news has more chances of leading to violence in children that the violent games. However, it is important to note that when a child plays a violent game he is likely to experience some physiological effects. These effects include an increase of both heart rate and brain activity.
In conclusion, it is safe to say that violent games barely lead to violent behaviour in children. However, they are not beneficial to the children because of their addictive nature, which can deter a child’s growth.