My biological father, humph has gone and brought my NINE year old brother A GTA game for the PSP, now I have no problem with GTA myself it has a rating of 18+ in the UK, What do you think about this...Is my dad being really really Idiotic!!!! Or do you think that the age ratings are stupid!!!!
Firstly, no I don't think that GTA is appropriate for a nine-year-old. However, it will not
, i repeat, not
make him 'go violent'.
However, for many children age under 15 they can be directly effected by what they play! They are easily mold-able, they can be affected by things around them, their friends, family, games they play, people they see, everything effects them, playing a game that is full of drugs, violence and sex is just not suitable for a child of nine!!
No. Most children upwards of about four can distinguish between reality and fiction. Are children watching Roadrunner cartoons more likely to try and explode things with massive quantities of dynamite?
Well, I have been trained in suceptability, (I am a training-Hypnotist) and also I have FIRST hand experience that VG can make you more aggressive (I myself used to be very aggressive with video games
Well, for one, anecdotes != evidence. Secondly, how can you accurately sort out what aggressiveness is 'caused' by video games, and not by something else, or an underlying condition.
There are also many studies done... eg this one:http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1723
One, that isn't a research study, it's a meta-analysis. Secondly, it isn't a peer-reviewed paper, it's a biology student's web project, posted on a blog. Thirdly, its sources are not necessarily reputable. Most of the links are dead (unfortunately including the only one linking to a reputable organisation - the American Psychological Association).
I'll go through its (properly linked) sources separately:
1) is just a 'he said' 'she said' journalism piece from the BBC.
2) is a broken link.
3) is a non-existent paper on the APA website
4) is part of an online self-help book, linking to the 'anger management' section. It does not refer specifically to video games
5) appears to be a paper from a real scientific journal, but since it's print-only I can't verify the content of the paper.
6) links to an expired domain
7) links to the same expired domain as 6)
8) is a self-help magazine with an article that is a report about a study that appears to be in a real journal, which I cannot verify.
9) links to a another non-existent paper on the APA website
10) links to a non-existent page on a university website.
What are you talking about? You're clearly making up that "that study was indeed proven wrong". By the way, the research is a meta-analysis of 136 studies. Perhaps you should provide some evidence for your claims.
No the study wasn't 'proven wrong', but it wasn't a scientific analysis to begin with.
To quote the margins of the article:
About Student Papers
This paper reflects the research and thoughts of a student at the time the paper was written for a course at Bryn Mawr College. Like other materials on Serendip, it is not intended to be "authoritative" but rather to help others further develop their own explorations.
I do not believe that playing violent video games increases the aggression of a child, unless that child has an underlying aggression problem.
Also, listen to what Sparrowsmith said.
You really need a controlled, scientific, peer reviewed study to give an accurate conclusion.
And even if video games were
correlated with violence, how do you know that the video games are causing
the violence. Correlation is not causation. Maybe the reason they play violent games is because they are aggressive and want to take that anger out.
In conclusion, there is not
definitive evidence that violent video games cause violence among children and adolescents.