Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:42 UTC
Games "For nearly thirty years we've been having this discussion, asking the question: do violent movies, music or video games make people violent? Well according to Brad Bushman and Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, yes. Based on the results of their research they concluded in 2001 that video games and violent media can make people aggressive and violent. Based upon their data and their conclusions, however, it's safe to say that photos of snakes, crispy bacon, or a particularly rigorous game of chess can also make people aggressive and violent." And politicians?
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I think a lot of people are under the impression that, "Well, I play a lot of violent video games and I'm not out shooting people, so they must be completely harmless, right?" IMO, that is a much too simplistic point of view. I'm not sure how people think they can play these kinds of games for hours on end where you're shooting up and/or murdering other players/computer opponents, and it not have SOME sort of effect on you, even if those effects are too subtle to notice.

Now, please don't misunderstand me... I am NOT suggesting we ban these, anymore than I think we should be banning junk food. I'm just of the opinion that EVERYTHING that goes into your mind has an effect on you, just like food; there's not too many things you can eat or drink that are completely neutral. And I'd personally steer clear of these games until we have a better understanding of what those effects are. And yes, I feel the same way about violent movies/music. Sure, I might go see a violent action flick from time to time, but I treat those just like I would donuts... junk food for the mind, to be consumed in moderation. I have found, however, that the less I consume of this entertainment, it gets just a little more disturbing every time I see it, and I don't enjoy it as much.

So thinking about violence makes you violent? Then why do sports make you violent? Do you think Dexter will create a generation of serial killers? Why do violent crimes happen less when people have been consuming more violent tv/games/books/sports/music these last hundred years.

IMHO violent people will be violent. They just use inspiration from sources they like(games/books/lyrics/movies)

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