I watch a lot of violent video porn and never get young kids.
@TheNightShifter, do I need to call the police
We've got an official study on our hands here...
@Wendigo, and all over the room
Games don't make us violent.
Well then you're doing it wrong
But... How do you have a beard and not get laid?
@Dylan with the hat, by having an ear ring
Okay. Unwanted real talk. Video games do have a correlation with higher levels of violence because they desensitized you to the pain of others. Similar to how porn can lead you to objectify others. Not true for everyone, not drastic for most, but it is fact that there is a link between the two. But I am definitely not on board with those who believe in banning video games or porn.
@normally weird, I'm curious as to where you heard those things, because I heard that there was an anti-correlation between video games and violence. Something about being more aware of societal rules because you're breaking them in a fictional world. But I don't know, I have no source for either conclusion.
@normally weird, given that the average crime rates (in America at least) have been consistently dropping since the 80s, when video games first started, if there was a correlation I think it would be more obvious. Video games are such a massive industry that if they really did cause people to be more violent, thousands of people would be more violent.
@FP Waiter, another interesting fact, the atmospheric lead count graphed over the 20th century matches the rise and fall of violence amongst school children during the same period very closely
@Pooptacular, I've also heard that violent video games can be used to vent frustration and aggression, rather than doing something for real. I know when I'm angry I play games rather than, say, yell at someone or get in a fight.
@Pooptacular, that is really interesting and Ill try to look into that. I don't have any sources you can double check for yourself (sorry) but I was given this impression through multiple psych classes and some light reading of Internet articles.
@FP Waiter, Not to mention video games takes time out of a persons day where they could've committed a violent crime.
@normally weird, From the time I studied this for a senior paper in high school, the only people noted to be desensitized by games are people with existing mental disorders, and it is unknown whether they were desensitized before playing games. I've seen thus argument over and over and each time it's just people hopping all over it to "prove" they were right, while ignoring the second part.
@normally weird, just open a history book my fellow FP user. How many people were killed because of religious wars, slavery, or being accused of witchcraft. I think i remember reading something about how the American Civil War killed more Americans than any other war that country was involved with since. Yet video games didn't exist then. Humans have been killing each other since our dawn for many, and sometimes downright stupid, reasons. That's a BS argument, at least for me.
@normally weird, sorry to call u out but that is absolute nonsense, if you want a source on it university of buffalo did a study on it and published a paper saying that the total opposite of what you commented is true and tested.
@normally weird, wrong on all fronts. There has actually been no completely scientific study that has positively correlated video games and violence, and the studies that believers of this use like Anita Sarkeesian and Jack Thompson are actually not studies, they're called advocacy statistics where the conclusion is pre-supposed and the data gathering method is tampered with to make sure that conclusion is reached. Actual scientific studies like this one: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/long-term-us-study-finds-no-links-between-violent-video-games-and-youth-violence-9851613.html
And this one:
use the proper scientific method of gathering data and then drawing a conclusion, and have found no positive correlation between video games and violence.
@normally weird, I'm desensitized to the pain of others and I don't commit crimes.
@FP Waiter, I second that from personal experience. I know when I'm really mad because I have a sort of tic, where my right arm twitches because I'm fighting the urge to punch someone random because dammit I'm angry. Games help a lot with that, as well as relieving general stress and stopping me from getting to that point. (Keep in mind this isn't scientific at all but I'm open to hearing some stats!)
@normally weird, while I disagree with your views l, I do respect your views. There fore while I will not upvote you I will not downvote you.
Now with that out the way, I feel videogames are a great way to vent out aggressition, however I will not ignore the fact that a very few amount people will take a game to seriously, or react harshly to a person getting on their nerves and will commit some crimes, however that can be because of various other reasons as well
@Pooptacular, I've statistics about the desensitization thing (can't remember where) but the part about video games making you more violent is completely fictional.
@normally weird, sorry bro, I didn't mean to make you get down voted to shjt. I don't know why everyone is so salty about this. So here's an up vote.
@Pooptacular, ha thanks man. I don't take it personally.
@Pooptacular, maybe because he's directly attacking one of our favorite past times and implying we, as mature developed adults, cant tell the difference between a virtual and real person.
@FP Waiter, I'm truly sorry you read my comment that way. That's not even close to the message I intended to portray. I love and play video games too.
@normally weird, that's usually what comes across when "video games make people violent" is said
@FP Waiter, so the correlation is gamers waste too much of their lives playing games to commit crime? ...that is so going to start flamings
Coronation ≠ Causation
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