Do violent video games make people violent? This question has been a topic of discussion for years. I was around 11-years-old when I first played "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" at my cousins' house. Neither me nor my parents were concerned about me becoming violent because we don't think video games can do that.
Oklahoma representative William Fourkiller disagrees. He claims, "violent video games contribute to some of our societal problems like obesity and bullying". Fourkiller cited an incident of a man who played "Grand Theft" and then stole a car. This isn't good evidence because it doesn't prove that the video game caused the man to steal a car. It could be that the man's tendency to steal caused him to the play the video game, or that a third variable made him do both.
Harvard psychologist Dr. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson conducted a two-year study on this topic. They concluded that kids who play violent video games do, in fact, have a higher risk of getting in trouble. However, they did not find evidence that video games directly make kids violent. Violence in schools has gone down in the past 20 years while video game playing has gone up, they say. William Fourkiller is proposing a bill to congress that would add a larger tax on violent video games. I'm surprised a hypothesis that has been proved wrong time and time again is still relevant today, and that such a bill is even being considered.