Essay On Negative Effects Of Violent Video Games

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According to these criteria, playing constructive and prosocial games like Sims can be "good for you" with at least one caveat---as long as you have a balanced life with real-life face-to-face friendships and enjoyment in socializing. Why worry about the latter? Because playing video games typically keeps active primitive parts of the brain that are not social nor cognitively sophisticated. So you need to balance video game play time with experiences that use these parts of the brain. Or you can develop a "game brain."Okay, so that was the good news. Now, the bad news.Playing violent video games is different from playing positive, constructive games. In fact, violent video games have an even more powerful influence than violent television and movies, whose detrimental effects have been documented for decades. While violent video games may promote some complex problem solving and coordination skills as well, they have multiple negative effects. Here are three related to moral functioning.
First, in violent video game play the player learns to associate violence with pleasure(rewards for hurting another character). This undermines moral sensitivity. Under normal conditions, human emotional wiring is designed to abhor violence and feel rewarded for helping others. Those who play violent video games build opposite intuitions that they take into the rest of life (I can see the
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Craig Anderson and colleagues have been studying violent media for decades. They and others have found short and long term negative effects of watching or playing violent media that include increased aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior, and decreased prosocial behavior.Neuroscientific studies show reduced cognitive brain functions in individuals exposed to violent media. The greater the experience with violent media, the lower was the activation of brain areas for thinking, learning, reasoning and emotional
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