Many individuals are experiencing anxieties in relation to the media and the impact that it could possibly have the person using it. But, are these anxieties justifiable? And should we be feeling this way?
Violent video games/Violent videos = violence in children, is a very common anxiety formula that people argue. Why? Well, many people believe that if a child is playing or watching such violence they will act upon it in society. Games such as Grand theft auto, call of duty or even the Sims are a few of many video games which have a whole lot of violence attached to them, which in turn leads to a lot of controversy. This whole issue creates a ‘moral panic’, where the feeling of anxiety spread amongst society because people fear that the effects of these video games on children will corrupt or threaten society.
From a personal level, I feel like this moral panic over whether or not video games are
corrupting children is quite a silly thing to suggest. Over the years I have played games such as grand theft auto, where there is pretty much free reign to do what ever you want in it. I feel as if I am very moral and ethical when it comes to decision making and living my life, so its hard to believe that someone who will play grand theft auto will go out on a killing spree the next day just because they did so in a game (well I hope to God they don’t because that’s pretty messed up).
An interesting point however, was mentioned in the document ‘Video games and wellbeing: A comprehensive review‘ where it was stated that “focusing on violent video games as a precursor to aggression and violence amongst young people my cause parents, social activists and public policy makers to ignore the much more powerful and significant causes of violence amongst young people that have already been well established, including a range of social, behavioural, economic, biological and mental heath factors” (p10). I agree with this statement, you can’t just blame video games as the only source contributing to a child being violent. You should also look into and include their mental capacity or even any illnesses they have.
Overall, this leads to parents allowing their children to play video games which are age friendly to their child. Being conscious about how your child is playing on a game and even how long is important.
- Johnson, D.D., Jones, C., Scholes, D.L. and Colder Carras, M. (2013)Videogames and wellbeing. Available at: https://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Videogames_and_Wellbeing.pdf (Accessed: 16 March 2016).