Sunday, September 30, 2007

"Violent video games are training children to kill"?!

Some social psychologists argue that playing violent video games causes aggressive behavior, among other things (“desensitization to violence, disinhibition of violence, belief in a ‘scary world,’ acquisition of cognitive schemas supportive of aggression”) (Goldstein Jeffrey, 2001). And also Pam Willenz indicates that “may be more harmful than violent television and movies because of the interactive nature of the games” in his article “VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES CAN INCREASE AGGRESSION”. In Bill France’s editorial in 2003, he bring out a surprising statement, which is “violent video games are training children to kill”, and he also pointed out that “games are not movies, nor are they spectator games, rather, they are simulations”. Many social researchers and social psychologists consider the violent video game is simulated aggression and different from the real thing in countless ways, and those games may have harmful effectiveness on the youth, since they are not able to understand or recognize what the reality is and what the fantasy is. As a result, the average age of the criminals is falling recently, and many young criminals attack or even kill others, just because they are confuse about the real world and the games.


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