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Researchers studying the effects of gaming have learned that it can be extremely bad for your health after just a couple years and even more so for children. The earlier the violent games start, the worse it is because by the time kids are 18 they could have easily been playing for 15 to 16 years. Researchers from the The University of London have proved that people who play video games are 25% more likely to have health complications dealing with sensory development, eyesight, and cramping in the hands later in life. And although it has not been proven that these games lead to shooting, it is known that they increase adrenaline that can make people more susceptible to serious health complications dealing with the heart. Many people want to stop video games overall, but this is very unrealistic, and with the next generation consoles that just came out, the gore and violence are more realistic than ever.
But health complications aren’t the only thing you have to worry about when starting young. You definitely have to worry about the aspect that deals with emotions and what kind of a person games like this will make you. As a test, a team of researchers from the US, Italy and the Netherlands analyzed 172 Italian high school students aged between 13 and 19, who were required to take part in a series of experiments to determine how violent video games affected their personalities. Researchers took tests while playing GTA-5 compared to mini golf and ping pong. One of the tests included having a kid play mini golf and GTA-5 and setting chocolate next to them and telling the teenagers that it was very unhealthy to eat a lot of chocolate right before leaving the room. The teenagers who were playing GTA-5 were 3 times more likely to eat more chocolate than the people playing ping pong. Also the teenagers were then asked to solve a 10 item logic test. For each question answered correctly, they were rewarded with one raffle ticket that they could exchange for prizes.The researchers told the teenagers how many questions they answered correctly and asked them to take the correct amount of raffle tickets from an envelope. The researchers knew how many tickets were in each envelope so they would know if any of the participants had taken more tickets than they had earned. Results from this experiment revealed that the teenagers who played violent video games cheated more than eight times more, compared with those who played non-violent video games. These tests are such a clear example of how they can affect a personality and this was only one time playing GTA-5. Imagine a lifetime of playing these violent video games.
And one last reason why violence in video games is awful is because it can lead to real life shootings.
A researcher named Benedict Carey said,
“The young men who opened fire at Columbine High School, at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado., and in other massacres had this in common: they were video gamers who seemed to be acting out some dark digital fantasy. It was as if all that exposure to computerized violence gave them the idea to go on a rampage — or at least fueled their urges.”
There are many researchers who think that exposure to violent video games can lead to negative effects in life. Eighty-five percent of scientists in the field of psychology think that the shooting was caused by something seen either by gaming or TV. The fifteen percent of people who thought it was otherwise still think that murder or violence was seen at some point in their life. While it might not be the only reason, at a young age it can be very confusing and even later in life it isn’t natural to see death on a regular basis. Because then you will start looking at death as a game that is fun and in the real world that isn’t the case. So even though it might not be the only reason for a shooting it can definitely can be a cause.
Violent video games can be truly devastating in a physical, psychological, and social standpoint and if started at a young age and kept unchecked can strip a human being of sensitivity.
Conclusion (3 March 2014)
My topic was about how video games can affect behavior in a bad way and can sometimes shape actions. The people who commented on my blog made me think about my topic in many different ways and it was good to hear their opinions. Though many people agreed with my opinion there were also some people who respectfully disagreed with me. It is always good practice to hear opinions other than yours and I made sure that I kept an open mind. Although my opinion didn't change from the other people opinions I was happy people were making an respectful opinion of their own. All in all people comments showed me that video games relating to violence is a long hard road to talk about and try to explain. But hopefully there will come a time where smart people like those who responded to my comments can realize a solution to this controversial topic.