Daily VideoDownload Worksheet February 20, 2013
Can Violent Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?
After the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and seven adults, the nation sought answers to how to solve the problem of mass shootings and gun violence in America. While gun control laws have been at the forefront of this national conversation, the media and violent video games have been accused of creating a culture of violence that encourages people to commit violent acts.
At Ohio State University, researchers are studying the effects of violent video games on a person’s behavior in order to see how true these allegations are. So far, he says, “the results clearly showed that playing a violent video game increases aggressive behavior, and also makes people numb to the pain and suffering of others.”
“There is a link between exposure to violent media and violent criminal behavior. We can’t do experimental studies. It’s just a correlation. Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but they’re related.”
However, not everyone agrees with this assessment. Playing these games, says Stephen Totilo of the gaming web site Kotaku, is a social activity played with friends, and is more about challenge and competition than violence.
Cheryl Olson of Harvard Medical School agrees, saying “One of the problems in this field is that people confuse aggression and violence. Some research will call sort of a competitiveness-type aggression as equivalent to violence in the real world. There is absolutely no evidence that any video game or violent movie for that matter has ever caused a real-world violent act.”
“No one is suggesting that [violent video games are] the only reason they went out and committed those horrific acts, but was it a tipping point? Was it something that pushed them over the edge? Was it a factor in that? Perhaps. That’s a really big deal,” – Jim Steyer, Common Sense Media.
Warm Up Questions
1. What happened in Newtown, Conn.?
2. Do you play video games? What kind of games do you play?
3. What are some solutions to gun violence that have been proposed since Newtown?
1. Do you think violent video games make people more violent? Why or why not?
2. Do you think violent video games should be censored? Why or why not?
3. What solutions do you think would help prevent the next Newtown?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Born and raised in Queens, New York, to a family of privilege, Donald Trump grew up in a 23-room house and was driven to private school by the family chauffeur. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president, despite the two disagreeing on a number of political and social issues. Pence has served as governor of Indiana since 2012, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The 2016 presidential race has made teaching high school civics more difficult, particularly regarding some of the comments students have heard candidates make along the campaign trail. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
With the Republican National Convention set to begin next week in Cleveland, Ohio, much attention is focused on whom the candidates will choose as their vice presidential running mates. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Recent police-related events in the U.S. have many Americans seeking ways to improve racial tensions throughout the country. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld