Month: April 2013

Is violent behavior caused by violent video games?

photo credit: Will Lion via photopin cc

photo credit: Will Lion via photopin cc

As America lunges into the future, technology becomes increasingly abundant and sophisticated. Along with this substantial increase in technology, more Americans, especially young adults, find themselves associated with video games. While some games have educational content, many of the most popular games emphasize negative themes and promote violence. In addition, young adults and teenagers often lean towards violent video games.

The question is, however, do violent video games affect people’s behavior in real-life situations? The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states, “studies of children exposed to violence have shown that they can become: “immune” or numb to the horror of violence, imitate the violence they see, and show more aggressive behavior with greater exposure to violence.” (more…)