Violent video games make children aggressive

By Derek Sooman on August 21, 2005, 3:16 PM
According to a new study, children are becoming increasingly aggressive with their exposure to violent video games. It seems that teachers of 600 children aged between 13 and 15, said children who spent more time playing such video games were more hostile than others. In a report that was a result of 17 studies conducted over 20 years by Kevin Kieffer and Jessica Nicoll of Saint Leo University, Florida, it was found that there is a strong link between games and how children and adolescents behave. It is claimed that playing games with violent moves such as karate kicks, for example, leads children to use these moves in real life.

Commenting on it Dr Sameer Parekh, Psychologist, Max Healthcare told FE: "No violence can have a healthy effect on children. It makes children less inhibited and desensitised to violence. It also leads to a distortion of reality wherein they tend to justify violence."

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Strakian said:
Well damn, we should stop teaching them English... cuz eventually they end up cussing and starting things like war over pety disputes.Why does human nature never get blamed while the Entertainment business that drives probably 50+% of the economy in America does. Jeez. Just be a parent already.
asphix said:
exactly. granted, an 8 - 14 year old has no place playing GTA:SA or the likes, but, stop blaming the industry and blame the the real issue, parenting. Of course parenting is a less solid and more difficult to persue focus than gaming.Back in the middle ages, and 1800's. Back in the days of the revolution, civil war etc in the US it wasnt just violence on video games. Children would see their parents run out and fight for their castle, country and beliefs. A lot of times you hear stories of 15 year old boys joining in the fight. Afterward did you see a bunch of half wit, violence craving fools? No, because communities were closer, morals stronger and family values a central part of life. These days kids who go nuts and mimic in game moves and become aggressive due to video games do so because they are spoild, lack control (which should be taught to them by their parents), have no respect for others or themselves.
smtkr said:
Let's face it. Psychology, as a "science," has an agenda and every study done by psychologists is inherently flawed by their confirmation bias (to use a psychology term). In the real world, we have to rely on the truth, such as the decline of violent crimes committed by youth since 1993 (according to the DOJ). The only evidence we have actually suggests that violent video games make people less violent. Of course, I don't believe that assertion, so I am forced to believe that video games HAVE NO EFFECT ON BEHAVIOUR! VALUES DO! People don't learn values from video games.Side note: I've been playing violent video games since they existed. I've never felt the urge to commit a violent crime.
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