Originally Posted by frickfrock999
The parents are the true root cause of 99% of these "violence" issues. If your kid grows up to be Jeffery Dahmer, Adam Lanza, or Seung-Hui Cho, it's because you were a HORRIFIC
I disagree. My mother is a social worker and i've heard about many of her cases. Majority of the time the kid is just wired wrong, and nothing is going to change that. A terrible childhood can bring it out faster, or make it evolve into something much worse, but a normal child with bad parenting is still likely going to turn out fine (or only with minor anti-social behaviors). That's not to say kids growing up with bad parents, and/or being abused as a child can't cause this in a normal child.. but I feel it's a minority. Millions of kids have had bad childhoods and grow up to be very successful. Thousands of murders and serial killers also had very good childhoods.
Same stance I have on games. If the kid is wired correctly, he's not going to kill people after playing video games. If he's wired wrong, then games can bring that out in him.. but it's not the games fault. Soon or later something was going to bring it out in him, whether it be stress at a job, a relationship, or something else.
Originally Posted by Otterclock
Unfortunately there's nothing official about the results, since there have been hundreds of such studies conducted with no consensus on the issue. In fact, a link between violent video games and aggressive behavior has been suggested by more studies than not. There are so many possible variables that I don't think there will ever be a consensus.
Most of the studies i've read actually say that kids playing violent games are less likely to be violent. Humans are violent creatures at our core, when in the absolute worse situation we almost always turn to violence, stealing, etc and will do almost anything to survive another day. Playing these games is a form of release for some people.Edited by Murlocke - 7/5/13 at 1:09pm