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psych 100 debate paper - 89% of video games today contain...

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89% of video games today contain some immoral content, including graphic violence, sexual elements, and irresponsible living, including the use of drugs and alcohol (Gentile and Anderson) . The question of whether or not violence in video games lead to violence in the real world has been a highly controversial debate for many years . Many psychologists believe that the repeated exposure of children to the brutality of many of these games ultimately contributes to hostile attribution biases, increased arguments with teachers, lower self- perceptions in behavior, and increased physical fights (Gentile and Anderson) . It is essential that this issue be resolved because if violent video games influence aggression in the real world, the popularity of these games would inevitably increase, resulting in more aggression in the real world . This would ultimately lead to an increase in response to conflict with violence, ultimately leading to an increased crime rate . If in the future more studies conclude that the negative effects of violent video gaming exist, much can be done in public policy in order to prevent them from occurring, such as banning any video game with an element of violence, or even restricting how much usage is acceptable in one day . The debate on whether or not video games lead to violence has been a heated one ever since the existence of these games and will intensify if not addressed because their popularity will continue to grow . My debate group argued that repeated exposure to violent video games leads to aggression in the real world for many reasons . First, children learn more when they physically participate in an activity (Gentile and Anderson) . Since a strong majority of video games require the player to become a first person participant in the fighting, consisting of taking someone else’s point of view and resorting to violence as a means in which to solve disputes, the player is more likely to imitate those behaviors because they have learned it more quickly .
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It has also been proven that repetition increases learning . Repeated exposure to the violence in
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This essay was uploaded on 03/04/2008 for the course PSYC 100 taught by Professor Madigan during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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