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Do Violent Video Games Equal Violent Behavior?

Updated on February 14, 2018
Will Smith Playing Video Games.
Will Smith Playing Video Games. | Source

In my personal experience i have spent countless hours playing graphic, violent video games, without any urge to commit violent acts. EA Sports UFC, Call Of Duty, and WWE 2k18, are among some of the games which i would play everyday for hours at time and return to my everyday life unaffected. I believe there is no correlation between video games and violent behavior, and that video game does not encourage violent behavior.

Never after playing a couple hours of GTA have I thought "Hey let me try some of the violent acts and stunts I saw in a video games" In reality the only thing that makes a gamer is lag. Its Like saying there was no violence before video games, like the 100 Years War, the 7 Years war, the French revolution, the American revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, World War 1, World War 2, are what many video games are based off of. There still would be violence all over the world with or without video games, and video games doesn't add to that violence.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V | Source

"If there is truly a direct, causal link between games like Grand Theft Auto V and violent shootings, we will soon have 18 to 20 million killers on our hands, not to mention the countless millions more who have been playing violent video games for years." GTA V is a controversial game that has been mention by many to encourage violent behavior. If this is true Americans are should be in trouble because GTA V sold 18 to 20 million copies in america alone. Yet since the release of GTA V the hasn't been any spike in violent behavior in America at all. "No study has ever shown that violent video games result directly in actual violence."

In the United States, aggressive juvenile crime has been decreasing as the popularity in video games is increasing. The insignificant correlation that has been found between video games and violence is able to be explained by violent youth being drawn to the brutal violence in video games.A causal link between violent video games and violent behavior has not been proven. In actuality playing violent reduces violence in adolescents.

Call of Duty Gaming
Call of Duty Gaming | Source

"In his own study (PDF), he examined that question using data from the 2008 Delaware School Survey, which included responses from 6,567 eighth-graders. Among the questions, students were asked whether they had played violent video games in the past year. DeCamp factored out the propensity to play violent video games (due to a natural attraction to brutality) along with other factors, such as gender and family relations .He discovered that playing video games, no matter how bloody, did not predict violent behavior."

It's A Duel: How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids?
It's A Duel: How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids? | Source


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