Technological Controversy Assignment
Video games have begun consume a large portion of the time our youth has and has begun to increasingly play a role as big as family and even a social life, but the question is that are the video games that they are playing begun to affect their behaviour in a violent way. Over the years video games have evolved from a simple form of entertainment where two players hit a two dimensional ball back and forth with one another until someone misses; to a variety of diverse and complex games. These games can incorporate many themes, such as: education, action, adventure, simulation, RPG (role playing games) and many others, in these games a players can build ...view middle of the document...
In the past music genres, such as rock, punk and rap have come udder fire for promoting violence in youth; then television, more specifically cartoons were the next target because of the violent actions that occur. Now it is video games. Much like video games:
“Music plays an important role in the socialization of children and adolescents. Listening to popular music is considered by society to be a part of growing up. Music provides entertainment and distraction from problems and serves as a way to relieve tension and boredom.”
By allowing people to find an artificial world to release all the stress and tension from the world. Whether the person is going through emotional problems, such as bullying depression or loss the person can put that aside and go into a world where nothing is pulling them down and they can be whoever they want to be.
A recent study was conducted that showed youth that play video games are not encouraged to be more violent or engage in anti-social behavior. Christopher Ferguson along with independent researcher, Cheryl Olson, were able to conclude that violent games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty do not cause teens to be violent. To the contrary the research that they conducted actually
“Found that the playing of such games actually had a very slight calming effect on youths with attention deficit symptoms and helped to reduce their aggressive and bullying behavior… Ferguson and Olson studied 377 American children, on average 13 years of age, from various ethnic groups who had clinically elevated attention deficit or depressive...