Lets start with the impact thatviolence in video games has on people. Violence in video games does not have the negative impact that thegeneral populous may believe. Though itis shown to have some negative impacts like lack of physical activity and, insome cases, addiction. An increase inviolence hasn’t been shown.
Although some experiments have shown a smallincrease in aggression after playing, it seems to only be temporary. Let us begin with the effects onchild development. Children that playviolent video games tend to show some additional aggression as compared tochildren that don’t play them. This isonly short-term aggression, though. After a short period of time, they returnto very near baseline levels. Kids thatspend too much time playing video games, rather than outside, are believed tobe missing out on some social development and physical activity. Next, is the effects on mentalhealth.
While the increase in aggressionis only temporary in most children, it may have long term effects onneurodivergent children, especially those with high levels of neuroticism oroppositional traits and low levels of social awareness. It is difficult to tell if these childrenbecome more aggressive or violent because of video games or due to the naturalprogression of their mental condition. Even with this, the crime rate has been declining since violent videogames have become more popular.
The positive effects aresurprisingly numerous. Playing video games (violent or not) increases a person’sability to multitask. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, spatialreasoning and strategic thinking skills are also improved. Playing games online has been shown toincrease social activity.
As with all things, moderation iskey. The American Academy of Pediatricssuggests two hours or less of total screen time per day. The lack of physicalactivity caused by playing video games, instead of outside, can lead tochildhood obesity.
There is no conclusive evidence toshow that violent video games cause people to be more violent. To the contrary, there is a correlationbetween the increased popularity in violent video games and the decrease in thecrime rate. The benefits of playing video games (violent or not) seem tooutweigh the drawbacks. There is still alot to be learned regarding long term effects of playing violent video games.