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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Everything we do, see or hear in our lives does have an effect on us, but you're assuming that consuming violent games has a negative effect on us. The thing is, people react to things differently: some people get aggressive when playing violent games, some people actually relax and get less aggressive, and then there are the unstable ones that may act in one or another completely random way.

On a similar note, you're assuming that seeing violence desensitivizes you and makes you not care about other people getting hurt

I think you assume too much about what I assume ;) I do agree with your first sentence though... everything we do, see, or hear has an effect on us. And I think we can conclude that those effects are either positive or negative. I will readily admit that I do not understand all of the ramifications involved; I'm just not sure what sort of positive effect can come out of engaging in hours of simulated murder. Again, I think it's rather naive for people to believe that, because we don't all turn into violent mass murderers as a result of playing these games, then the effects of playing them must obviously be positive.

If I haven't made my point abundantly clear yet, I am not making ANY sort of claim about what SPECIFIC effects these games have on people, only that the total overall effect is either positive or negative. And if it isn't positive, people need to understand that it is hurting them in SOME way. That doesn't necessarily mean we have to avoid them altogether; just treat them like eating a doughnut - something to be enjoyed in moderation, but realizing that overall, it's bad for us.

Edited 2013-03-10 22:06 UTC

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