boivi006: November 2011 Archives

In the article here by Times Magazine, it discusses a study done by Princeton University that claims if you make an income lower that $75,000 a year you are less happy. The study says that there are two types of happiness, mood/day and satisfaction about your life. The group of people that were studied fell under the satisfaction about their life category. Our book claims that money is a secondary reward but is not a factor that makes us happier. This article provides a replicable study that claims different then this.
I also agree with the article. When a family has stresses about their financial living, they definitely are less happy. My mom without the support of my dad does not bring in a big income. She lives check by check to pay her bills and finds herself less happy because she is constantly stressed about paying the next bill. "At $75,000, that effect disappears. For people who earn that much or more, individual temperament and life circumstances have much more sway over their lightness of heart than money. The study doesn't say why $75,000 is the benchmark, but "it does seem to me a plausible number at which people would think money is not an issue" (Money). To have a livable amount such as $75,000 proves to bring happiness from this article, and I believe the study to prove true. Happiness is an emotion of satisfaction and positivity that money can provide. It is not a healthy thing to rely on money to bring you happiness but it will give you it.

In the article here: it discusses a recent study done at Kansas State University that finds violent video games to cause less control in adolescents. The article claims that after doing an MRI 30 minutes after a teen was playing "Medal of Honor" (A vicious killing game) that showed a decrease in activity in the brain where the self control and attention part of the brain functions, the cerebrum. The psychology textbook discusses this topic as well and suggests that there are studies that prove both that video games do cause some kids to be more violent but there are some studies that prove it does not play a factor. I lean towards the side believing that violent video games do in fact play a role in a child's behavior. During the ages up until adolescents Piaget theorized that our cognitive development does not think abstractly. Therefore, if kids cannot think beyond the facts of what is violently happening in the video game, who says they won't be stuck in a mind set, and develop thoughts that are like what they are doing. I do not believe that adults 18+ are affected by violent video games because they are not developing still in the cognitive stage, whereas adolescents and younger are. Violent games bring out a defensive, lack of control emotion to the player. The players don't necessarily do the exact same thing as what they are doing in the game, but I myself after playing a shooting game have felt an aggressive superior emotion (Also like what we found after watching aggressive shows in psych discussion class). From the credible article with a replicable study, it provides evidence that in fact violent video games can play a role in behavior of young adults.

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