Top Pro & Con Arguments
Violent video games desensitize players to real-life violence.
Desensitization to violence was defined in a Journal of Experimental Social Psychology peer-reviewed study as “a reduction in emotion-related physiological reactivity to real violence.”
The study found that just 20 minutes of playing a violent video game “can cause people to become less physiologically aroused by real violence.” People desensitized to violence are more likely to commit a violent act.
By age 18, American children will have seen 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence depicted in violent video games, movies, and television.
A Sep. 2011 peer-reviewed study found a causal link between violent video game exposure and an increase in aggression as a result of a reduction in the brain’s response to depictions of real-life violence.
Studies have found reduced emotional and physiological responses to violence in both the long and short term.
In a 2005 peer-reviewed study, violent video game exposure was linked to reduced P300 amplitudes in the brain, which is associated with desensitization to violence and increases in aggressive behavior.Read More