Grand Theft Auto are video game series that are popular among teenager, this let many people wonder: ‘Is it bad for kid to play violent video games like Grand Theft Auto?’. In the early modern day of 2008, 97% of teenagers played video game (ProCon.org). This earns $11.7 billion for video game industry. 10 out of 20 top best selling video game contain violence (ProCon.org).Thus it is common that violent video game have been blamed toward school shooting and bullying. However, majority of research on video game contribution to violence is deeply flawed and has no proof. Therefore, it is safe for kids to enjoy games such as Grand Theft Auto and other violence video games. As a result it is safe to approve violence video games for kids.
In the present days, many young people seek out violence video games for entertainment. According to an article by an experimental psychologist, Pinker conclude that “exposure to video game has not been shown to be predictive violent behavior” (“Pinker”) . In the other word, video is not the cause to violent. There are many others causes that led to children aggressive behavior such as family violence, bullying or any abusive experience. Assistant professor, Malliet supported that “teens have ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality prevent them from emulating video game violence in real life” (“Malliet”). Kids these days are growing up faster therefore they know the differences between reality and fantasy. They know the consequence for committing a crime and they are that dumb to carry out a violent act. Base on these facts, it is safe for kids to play video game.
Though it is common for video game to distract kids from their works, there is also a benefit for kids to play video game: “In 2007 a report say that 45% of kids say they play video game to help them release their anger and 62% kids say that they play video game to help them relax”(Olsen). This report indicate that video game help kids to liberate their emotions. Instead of studying and doing homework all days, kids can play video game for fun to relax their mind. Goldstein also put forth another reason “the level of control granted to video game players, especially in terms of pace and directing the actions of their character, allows youth to regulate their emotional state during play”(Goldstein). This shows a perception of having power reduce emotional and stressful response this can be achieved through video game. In conclusion, video games have a benefit of helping youth release stressful and anger emotion during play.
Although some people think children are likely to commit violence act by playing video games, my point remain the...