Violence as an Aid?


Many people believe that children exposed to violent media at a young age will develop anger issues and encourage them to participate in wrathful acts to harm society. I also used to be a skeptic of violent video games and comics, thinking it had a negative effect on how the adolescent mind matured. There have been studies conducted to monitor this behavior and the results, although fairly vague, may still be shocking.

The easy solution to this question is just to blame all violent acts on the use of slightly inappropriate media, but this is not the case. The studies that have been performed have had no positive result that individuals who partake in heinous crimes do so because of influences from any media source. While the idea of violent media causing real-life acts to be committed seems logical, there is still room for doubt.  In fact, those simulated and bloody games have been found to allow timid children to open up and build a self confidence that they have never contained before. Some even say that the violent media guides them to truly find themselves and discover their passion in life.

Adults need to teach young minds that is would be morally wrong to reenact anything they see on these games in a real life situation. Personally, I find that violence in media is useless. I was hesitant at first about the idea of allowing this cycle to be continued, but as long as these games are used responsibly, there should be no problem. If these guidelines are followed, then there might be a decline in the number of violent acts committed in cities today.


4 thoughts on “Violence as an Aid?

  1. I think it is definitely true that children who are introverts can find solace, even friends (through live play), in violent video games. As for other media I agree it can positively influence a child “distant” from society or social endeavors. I personally believe that violent media should be accepted and used, in contained quantities, by parents. In doing this one might discover that this is a way a child connects, and from there further development can be made. The important thing would be to guide ones child and, like you said, make sure they understand that the things that they are in taking while watching or playing violent media is not to be repeated in the real world. Once those boundaries are established I think violent media can be rather useful. I completely agree with the stance you took, and the points you made. They were valid and well worded.

  2. I am also with you when you said that you were skeptical about violent media because so was I. The article did make me realize that it may have actually helped more people than it has harmed and get the anger out of children and make them open up more. I would have never thought that a violent video game could help a child’s anger problem; I thought it would just make it worse by putting all these different thoughts in the child’s mind.
    I also agree with you when you say that violent media is useless. I think that we don’t need it in the world and that there are other ways to get peoples anger out other than putting them out in a stupid video game. Yes, they can be fun for some people and use them for boredom but should video games really be a solution to our problems?

  3. I definitely agree with your thoughts, especially the part about how it is easy to blame all violent acts on video games, but the reality is we have a lot more to blame then just games. Video games and the adolescent mind have been argued over for years. If you shoot someone in a video game does that make it okay to do it in real life? The real question is does anyone actually think that is a reasonable thing to do. If you sat down and watched the news you would probably think the answer was yes. However because it is such a controversial topic many studies have been performed with the response being a resounding no. The media, terrorist acts, war, lack of punishment are to blame. I turned on the TV the other day and a man was potentially going to get a lighter sentence for killing an innocent person because he admitted to it in a video blog. So I believe society is to blame.

  4. In today’s society, the news media has become very biased. They exaggerate news in order to get more ratings out of it and get more money. There was an incident in 2003, of Devin Moore, in Alabama, where Devin committed grand theft auto and killed other people and police officers. Devin basically performed a scenario almost identical to that of the game Grand Theft Auto and the media just focused on that similarity and went nuts over it and what the news talked about was how the game inspired and made Devin do an reenactment of the game. When he was arrested he said: “Life is like a video game. You have to die sometime.” I’m sure Devin had psychological and social problems that were the ultimate reason for his acts in Alabama. Yes he did play the game regularly around the time he committed the homicides, but if the game caused him murder the officers then the game should have also made the thousands of people who bought and played the game to also go out and steal cop cars and kill officers. On cases like Devin Moore’s, the public and government should focus more on the trauma and psychological states of individuals so killings like these would be prevented and should stop pointing the finger at companies who produce games. link to 60 Minutes segment on Devin Moore.

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