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Do Violent Video Games Cause Violence?

They normalize violence

Violence existed long before them

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The incredible amount of brutality in video games almost certainly warps the relationship that many gamers have with violence, argues Matthew Walther of The Week. A significant amount of young men that shot up their schools played violent games. While not everybody who plays such games is going to be more dangerous, it subconsciously normalizes abnormal levels of brutality. Similar to sexism being furthered by television, video games put certain images in the heads on children. The way that much of society condemns criticism of violent video games is wrong. We need to recognize their effect on our human behavior, which is easily influenced.

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The vast majority of scientific data suggests that video games do not cause violence, writes Erik Kain of Forbes. The notion that violent games create America’s school shooters is deeply wrong. Children all over the world are exposed to this kind of content, yet school shootings remain a distinctly American phenomenon. Human violence has long preceded video games. In fact, it has long been in decline. Aggressive behavior stems from countless factors in the real world. Video games, on their own, are entirely unable to make people violent. Millions of gamers commit virtual violence every day but will never replicate it in real life.

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