Thursday, February 5, 2015

Digital "drugs"? Video games boost aggression

Children playing video games
 Video games boost aggression


For me, I started my game life when I was in grade 5 and now I am still playing. Adults are always concerned about teenagers who play video games which is the reason I opened this topic and would to like find out if video games boost aggression or not. In 20th century, with the development of technology, video games become a part of daily life , Research which is posted by Lisa Galarneau shows 58% of Americans play video games now which is a huge group of people and a big population of game players. Video games produced a huge profit for game companies.The world-wide video game industry grew 9% in 2013 and now exceeds $76 billion with projections it will reach over $86 billion by 2016. The more popular video games become, the more concerned parents are because Research and study shows that violent video games boost players’ aggression in behavior.

When people consider violent video games are simply benign entertainment, they don’t realize that playing video games has a physical or biological effect in your brain because the effects are subtle and the effects don’t necessary have an effect on players’ behavior immediately , they don’t have effect on players’ behavior immediately. Dr. Douglas A. Gentile of the Dana Foundation and his study group expected that according to the increasing time of players spend on the video games, their risk of performing poorly in school, becoming overweight or obese, and developing specific negative physical health outcomes (such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries) would increase. The effect of video games on brain to cause aggressive behavior is gamers who often play violent games may be desensitized to aggression and violence. Study shows when players are watching high-violence video, the CT picture shows low activity in some parts of the brain , which can explain the intensity of the things they watch, but when players are watching low-violence video, they have a high activity. This difference explains how computer games boosts gamers’ aggression behavior. When gamers are usually watching or playing violent video games, their low activity in their brain explains the gamers are getting used to the violent elements.

Also in the psychology field, violent games boost players’ aggression."Research shows that playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers." (Lee) When the violent elements in the game continued to repeat through the game, the gamers will behave aggressively both mentally and physically. A study shows when a group of girls and boys were put to play video games for 6 months , individuals who were labeled as pathological gamers (those whose gaming had a negative impact on their personal and school lives), were more likely to have violent behavior. This shows again the time gamers were exposed under the game, the more effect games will have on the gamers. Also when the gamers want to reach the top of the game, for example: gamers usually want to become the best player in the game they are playing, so they will become aggressive whether the game they are playing right now is violent or not.

Although Video games can boost aggression, they still bring some positive effect on gamers. The latest research shows playing video games and teaches gamers social skills like communicating. Gamers learn how to communicate in the game because when players are playing online games, they need to talk with each other and fight together which helps them to have the ability to communicate, but the negative effect still works on the gamers. A well-designed video game can be a neutral teacher; video games provide feedback to gamers’ on the gamers’ success in the game by giving the reinforcements and punishment to the gamers. Video games usually assist in learning at a different rate, video games can offer opportunities to practice , since gamers are always repeating their actions in their games. The surprising research shows kids who played first-person shooters showed “faster and more accurate attention allocation.

Video games as a way of relaxing, it will have effect on the players. From the research and study, we can conclude that video games boost gamers’ aggression both mentally and physically. Although the effect video games work on the gamers are not gonna occur immediately, but the effect is still unavoidable and existed. Despite violent games. games without any violent elements will also cause the aggressive behavior. Also there is positive effect which helps gamers’ reaction and attention to moving things, but parents still need to be able to control their children avoid them from being addicted to the video games. People should have a proper time to play video games which minimum the negative effect.

____________________________
Conclusion posted May 6

Video games boost aggression of the gamers and the effect is unavoidable, this piece of information is related to Digital Citizenship on the health and technology field. After posting the blog, I got 5 comments which are helpful and thoughtful. One of them gives the example of army using violent video games to help training the soldier which inspires me and let me collect more detail and information about the effect of violent video games. There is also one comment which is left by a gamer, his opinion is different from mine and as a gamer he said he doesn’t have any actions which are violent or aggressive. I mentioned the effect is not working necessarily, but I didn’t clarify the meaning which make my readers confused.

When I was reading other people’s blogs. There is one blog which is about colorism. It is really impressive because the detail and facts are strong and they support the statement well. I learned how to use plenty of facts and details to support the statement. Also the article is not really technical and hard for readers to understand. I realize that my article is too technical for readers to read and my argument isn’t deep enough to engage my readers. When I was reading the comments left by my readers, I found some further new sources which are helpful such as not all the gamers will behave violently.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Dr. BoomBoom! I enjoyed reading this article on the violence in gaming and its link to actual behavior. What interested me most was the comment that games can make people more aggressive whether the game is violent or not. This reflects something in a blog post by another student on When Trolling is a Good Thing when the author states that trolling can be simply doing something like putting handcuffs on a player which can be very frustrating, since a player cannot immediately start over. Although the player can quit and find another game, the experience could still have generated negative behavior for that player. I appreciate your conclusion and suggestion (if I understand correctly) that teens should choose games that are carefully designed and/or are played in moderation. Since you started this project with the idea of learning more about aggressive behavior and since you are a gamer, do you think your gaming behavior will change or has changed based on what you have learned? Again, thank you for posting this!--Ms. Riches

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, Ms. Riches. Thank you reading and commenting on this blog, I really appreciate. Due to all the study I have done on my blog, I was shocked by how effective the game is and how they will change your brain. I would decrease my gaming hour. How to limit gaming hours I also hope people will realize the danger of playing video games. - Dr.BoomBoom

      Delete
  2. Hi Dr.BoomBoom I really liked your blog. I thought that your blog represents gamers well and helps show how games can really effect the gamers attitude. I thought it was very interesting that non violent games can have the same effect as violent. Games. Do you think that anger from gaming has to do with the game itself or could it be something from the online section of the game that could cause serious anger issues? Thank you for the article and good job-TweedleDee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you TweedleDee for sharing the idea which is not only the game itself could boost aggression but also the online section of the game could cause serious anger issues. This really happened in my gaming experience before, I agree that when players do bad they would be mad which can boost their aggression. Also this could be linked to gaming bully.(link:http://cwadc9.blogspot.com/2015/02/bullying-in-online-games.htm.) Thank you so much for your opinion. - Dr.BoomBoom.

      Delete
  3. Hi Dr. Boomboom. I appreciate for your outstanding work on showing effect of video games to teenagers in big picture. Video games are absolutely a big part of our culture. It is a very new thing as well in our daily lives. However, the part of the problem in the video games are the fact that it is so new. The adults don't know what to do when their children play video games because they were not existing back in their teen days. Realism in the video games are what makes them very fun to the people. My question to you is do you think video games are needed to the new generations as it developed for couple of years? My personal connection to this is that I am a video game lover even though I don't have much opportunities to play them. Thanks Dr. Boomboom.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello JS Lee. Thank you for reading this article and asking me the question. I think video games should be needed to develop and let the new generations to play because video games could definitely become a way of relaxing, what parents should pay attention is if their kids play proper video games and how long they played every day. They should not ban video games from kids, they should let kids play video games properly and keep them mentally and physically healthy/.

      Delete
  4. Dr. BoomBoom, thank you for your post on violence and video games. Do you believe that the use of vide games by militaries strengthens the linkage of playing violent games and changing the brain. An article The Atlantic: Playing War: How the Military Uses Video Games (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/The-Long-Long-Relationship-Between-the-US-Military-and-Video-Game-Manufacturers/280486/).
    I am interested in your comments.
    Thank you for discussing this important topic. The Lama

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello The Lama. Thank you so much for reading and discussing this important topic with me. During my I found out that while playing video games, people will not be sensitive to feel the violent element. I hope this link could help you with your question. Thank you for commenting on this article.

      Delete
    2. http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/Video_Games_Affect_the_Brain%E2%80%94for_Better_and_Worse/

      Delete
  5. Hi,
    As a person who enjoys gaming in general I found this blog really interesting. A lot of the time, i'll play first person shooters which as a genre of video games are often considered to be the most violent but I haven't really seen any kind of negative effect towards my person, like being more aggressive or hostile towards others. It's more of a stress reliever for me than anything else. What do you think?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi kingofruhr,
      First of all thank you for reading this article and commenting on this article. For your question, I am also a game player and I would also play video games. When you think playing video games will be a stress reliever, have you even been mad? That is acting aggressively and you just make it happen in the digital world, so sometimes I am afraid that you won't release your stress, but even worse. Here is some links for people being aggressive for mastering the game. Link

      Delete
    2. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26921743

      Delete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Dr.BoomBoom, this is really interesting and as a gamer it was a good chance for me to think about the effect of video games on aggression. I have played games such as Grand Theft Auto, which is kind of a violent game, and when I play the game I try all kinds of stuff that is only possible in the game and some people want to copy and do it in real life. I also have a friend who became a little violent after playing video games.I think you have a really good source by Lisa Galameau that 58% of the US population plays games. A the video game industry grows,more teenagers play games, and control of aggression is very important. What ways do you think we can reduce violent incidents that are caused by video game boosting aggression?

    ReplyDelete

Our comments will be moderated, meaning someone will approve them before they appear.

Good comments
--are always related to the content of the post;
--consider the author and the purpose of the post;
--ask or answer a question;
--add meaningful information to the content topic;
--are constructively critical, and never hurtful;
--include personal connections to what the author wrote;
--follow the writing process.

We welcome your thoughtful contributions, especially those that might help us improve our work or expand our thinking on these topics.

If you choose the Anonymous option, please sign your name if comfortable. It is easier to respond to someone with a name. Thanks!