Does Playing Video Games Really Cause Violence?

Does playing video games really cause violence?
Hannah Grinstead
Lee University

PSYC 210
Instructor- Rick Albright
October 10, 2017


This paper addresses the issues of video games influence of violent behavior on its players. This is a highly debated topic with research and testing supporting both sides. This paper examines different case studies and experiments that support both sides of the debate. The problem with many of these studies is they are proof of correlation not necessarily causation. This papers compares both sides of the debate but concludes that video games do affect human ...

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performed are proof of causation or correlation. This review looks to examine a few of these studies to point out both their accomplishments and flaws.

Literature Review

Causes Violence

A study was commissioned by the American Psychology Association (APA) to bring up to date research concerning the influence of violent video games on behavior (Calvert et al., 2017). This group of psychologist first gathered previously written articles and research putting them through a series of test to check their validity (Calvert et al., 2017). These articles were recent from the year 2000 to 2013(Calvert et al., 2017). These articles were searched to see if they met certain criteria (Calvert et al., 20170. They had to address the issue of longitudinal study, effects on age, gender, and race, amount of exposure, and other factors that could have been influencing participants at the same time as the video game (Calvert et al., 2017). Calvert et al. (2017) then compared these articles ...

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then conducted a study to see if violent video games cause violent behavior in adolescents. They sent out a survey to fifty four schools where they received 3,372 responses, of which 58.4% were female age 12-18 (Exelmans et al., 2015). This survey asked about the participants' outbursts of violence, what video games they played, and how often they play it (Exelmans et al., 2015). They also examined outside influences, such as how the players felt about their parents and friends, and about the attention they received (Exelmans et al., 2015). Exelmans et al. (2015) concluded that violent video games cause violent behavior dependent on gender and how often the games are played. Limitations ...

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Category: Psychology
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