Last updated on: 2/3/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Office of the Surgeon General Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Media violence – specifically video games – are not a major risk factor for violence. We did find rising links between media violence, television violence, and short-term aggressive behavior. But that is significantly different from violent behavior allegedly caused by playing video games…

In children, there is a difference between aggressive behavior like pushing or shoving, and real violence – like hitting – which causes bodily harm. But the key factor regarding video gaming is that we simply don’t have enough research at this point to form conclusions.”

Spokesman Damon Thompson, “Video Games: Bad, But Not All Bad,” USA Today, Jan. 22, 2001

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Description:

“The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the operations of the 6,500-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of her other duties. The Office is part of the Office of Public Health and Science in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services… The Surgeon General is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate for a 4-year term of office. In carrying out all responsibilities, the Surgeon General reports to the Assistant Secretary for Health, who is the principal advisor to the Secretary on public health and scientific issues.”

“About the Office of the Surgeon General,” surgeongeneral.gov (accessed Feb. 3, 2010)

Mission:

“The Surgeon General serves as America’s Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.”

“About the Office of the Surgeon General,” surgeongeneral.gov (accessed Feb. 3, 2010)

Other:
Federal government agency