Essay, Pages 2 (395 words)
What are the three strongest reasons to support your point of view
- Media Habits – Aggressive Attitudes and Behaviors
- Impact on media violence on kids and young adults on the rise
- Children and adults alike have become additive
Video games have been in existed since the 1970’s, but it was not until the 1990’s that violent games came of age. Due to the numerous school shootings since the 1990’s, it attracted the attention of nation. Over the years, violent video games used both by children and adults have increased.
Media Habits – Aggressive Attitudes and Behaviors
- Youth violence resulting in deaths and injuries has direct and indirect costs in excess of $158 billion each year.
- Video game habits are significantly related to children’s hostile attribution scores, the frequency with which they get into arguments with teachers (by self-report), their grades, and their levels of hostility.
Impact on media violence on kids and young adults on the rise.
- 90% of U.S. youth aged eight to 18 play video games, with boys averaging about 19 hours a week and girls 5 hours a week.
- 70% of fourth to 12th graders report playing “Mature”-rated games (suitable for those 17 and older), which contain the most graphic violence of all.
- Children & College students who had played the violent children’s game displayed a 40% higher aggression rate than those who had played a nonviolent game.
Children and adults alike have become addictive.
- 10 percent to 15 percent of gamers meet the World Health Organization’s criteria for addiction.
- 88% of young people in the U.S. play video games, indicating that up to three million could be showing signs of addiction
- Nationwide survey – ages 8 to 18; found that 1 in 12 teens show signs of behavioral addiction to video games.
After 50 years of studying video games and trying to figure out what the cause that violent video games have on kids and young adult. We are still no closer to knowing the exact answer. With games today being more realistic and bloodier than ever; yet it is not at all clear whether, over longer periods, such a habit increases the likelihood that a person will commit a violent crime, like murder, rape, or assault, much less a Newtown or Columbine massacres. It is our responsibility to know our limits with anything in life, bottom line we will be held accountable for our actions.