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As recently as Tuesday, Jan. 14, a shooting at a school occurred. A 12 year old boy is in custody and two teens are in critical condition in Roswell, NM.. What causes students to do something like this? Could there be a link between playing violent video games and acting out violently?
Brad Bushman, a professor at Ohio State University, conducted a study to determine if playing violent video games influences aggressive behavior. He found that it does have negative effects over time. People do become more aggressive.
Pictures of video games
Americans spent 14.8 billion dollars on gaming. 58% of Americans play video games. 32% of those are under 18 years old and they are spending close to 8 hours a day on media. So what are America's children playing
Popular video games are shooter and action games. These games simulate the real thing. These games directly reward violent behavior by awarding points or allowing the player to advance to the next level.
Video games in the background.
Pic of Call of Duty: In Call of duty, a shooter warfare game, the player has to kill people.
Grand Theft Auto Pic: Players become criminals and commit crimes to rise through the ranks of organized crime.
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