In our latest discussion we were given the topics of if and how playing violent video games and watching violent broadcastings can contribute to aggressive behavior. I agree with those that say doing such activities involving acts of violence does lead to aggressive behaviors. In one of the articles we were given to read, studies showed that people who play violent video games have a reduced brain response to violence, which then increased their aggression. This means that it would have to take more exposure to increased violence to have them respond because they have become accustomed to the violence.
It is not only these studies that made me pick my side. I have a little study of my own; my six year old nephew loves to play video games. Halo Reach, Call of Duty, Resident Evil 5, and other games that he's 12 years too young to even play! I can say that part of my nephew's aggressive behavior comes from these violent video games. He owns a lot of toy guns (almost all of the Halo characters, even the pink one!), toy swords, and even drew a picture of bloody ninjas with weapons for me once! Just recently, he broke my sister's laptop because he still wanted to watch YouTube videos of Halo when my sister had to do her homework.
If his parents regulated the games he plays and television shows he watches I don't think he would have such an aggressive behavior. I think this is a very important issue that parents need to pay attention to so their children can behave appropriately.