Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent There is a lot of controversy over the topic whether or not violent video games make children more prone to aggression. Following with the recent mass shootings and questions over gun violence, research on the correlation links between brutal games and aggression remain inconsistent. Some articles will agree to this discussion while others don’t. Although there is plenty of evidence showing some mass shooters having connections to violent video games, some people believe that their gender and age have a key role in their actions. With the help of MRI scans, studies have been made possible for scientist to watch the rate of which the PFC matures and discovered that the average male brain is not fully mature until the age of 25. Meanwhile for women maturity is reached by the age of 21. In saying this, data proves that young adolescents have a brain that is not fully developed and are more open to a higher risk of mental illness. Jerald Block, a known psychiatrist in Portland, Oregon had stirred controversy when he concluded in his research paper that the columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out their savage measures due to their parents withholding a video game. Despite the fact that it might seem like an overstatement, Block had noted that these two young men found relief in virtual worlds and crashed into a crisis when they were cut o ff in 1998. It wasn’t until their parents had denied them remission that they lashed out with aggression.
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- Fall '08
- Video game controversy, Columbine High School massacre, David Katz