Video Games and Violence
Awe entering in more advanced society of technology, video games has become a popular source of entertainment among us. Almost all of us has rented or owned a video game and we have spent hours playing it. As we all know, video games have become the second most popular form of entertainment after television; the source of entertainment is proven to be violent. Excessive playing of video games has a huge impact on our life as well as young adults with hostile feelings, aggressive thoughts, and confusion between the real and unreal world.
Today, many of us have become addicted to video games but the researches on video games prove that those who play violent games are aggressive in nature and scientific researches have proven that children who play violent games have more heart beat rate, nausea, dizziness and insomnia than those who play non-violent games. Children drag themselves into the games and develop a virtual world in their minds and think themselves as the characters of the game. They struggle with different situations in the game as if they were real ones spending hours into such activity where you have to defend yourself leads to changed behavior.
A child learns more with what he sees others doing. A child who is always in the world of video games is naturally expected to learn more from the virtual environment of the video games than the real environment. Although the real and virtual violence are different, they tend to be the same while you are playing a video game or watching a movie, and the effect still remains while you are not watching or playing it. Although the activities in video games are not real, it has the capacity to influence us. It is because we are totally unaware of anything around us while playing video games.
Some people agree that video games offer mental challenges to people. When children show a strong desire to beat the game, he/she is actually referring to a mental challenge. Since the games are highly engaging and interactive, children repeat these behaviors over and over as they play the game. Children start playing video games at the age where they should be learning healthy habits. The habits developed at this stage are critical because they sustain for life. Children engaging more hours in video games are found to be less caring and helpful towards their friends. To say, their way of thinking is solely dependent upon the situations they face in the games. Thus, video games are bad tools that make children more violent, negatively affecting their psychological and personality development.
Another impact of video games on children is the confusion between real and unreal world. The graphics and sound in video games have made the game more realistic creating a false impression that they can do the same in the real world. Children at developing stage are unable to distinguish between the right and the wrong; their activities...