Violent Video Games and Violent Behavior

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After our discussion session i was very interested in the correlation between violent video games and violent behavior. I have pretty much always been had the opinion that video games do not cause violent behavior, at least for kids old enough to play the games. I would say that media violence definatley desensitizes very young children but that is seen in movies, t.v., and video games. But that is not exclusively for video games, it is definately up to the parents to keep children away from violence as much as they can intil they're old enough. Video games already have age appropriate ratings that tell what kind of content can will be showed in the game. If parents still choose to ignore the ratings its is their own fault that they are showing that type of inappropriate content to their kids. I did some research and found this video that i find i really agree with.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnWO09q2nnw&feature=related
I agree with the psychologist in this video because obviously playing a violent video game would increase aggression at that point in time. It's just like seeing any violent event or getting in a fight, it excites you and scares you and your bodies response is to be more ready to defend yourself. Over long periods though these games don't really make you a violent person, they're more of immediate stressors. People that start school shootings probably play violent video games because they are already angry with their lives. Or itc ould be the fact that pretty much all teenage boys play violent video games, they are a very popular product. Too many people are mistaking correlation with causation when it comes to this topic.

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