drwiki: There is good evidence that repeated exposure to an anxiety-provoking stimulus in a simulation leads to desensitization. Most of this evidence comes from the use of simulation in systematic desensitization for people with anxiety disorders or phobias. The same effect is seen with passive interaction (i.e. movies of the stimulus) but to a lesser degree.There is NOT however any evidence (that I'm aware of) that this desensitization causes violent behavior. In viewers with a firm grasp on reality and no motivation to become violent, I doubt there's any real harm. In people who are motivated (or psychotic), aversion to the sight of blood probably isn't going to prevent violent behavior.The question this leaves us with is whether emotional sensitivity to scenes of extreme violence is something we want to preserve in our population. In kids, before other safeguards for behavior such as understanding social norms, consequences, etc.) are in place: Probably. In most adults: That's really up to the adult.
Warthog: While I thought all these video game panics were nonsense at the time, the truth is games have gotten increasingly violent and realistic. During the same period, school shootings and other kid on kid violence have grown more intense. I'm not saying they've grown more prevalent -- kids have always been terrible to other kids -- but the level of violence we've seen has ratcheted up.Do I have proof that this isn't a correlation without causation? No.Do I have statistics? No.Do I think it's possible that at least some of the moral failures that people thought would come about because of these violent games have now come about? Yes, I do.
Son of Thunder: I see TFAuthor is just ignoring the dozens of studies (correlational, experimental, and longitudinal) that have found playing violent video games to be associated with increases in aggressive behavior.(On phone, so no links, but about ten seconds with http://scholar.google.com should get one going. Also try Craig Anderson, one of the top researchers in the field: http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/~caa / )
stonelotus: "du jour for my lifetime"?
DubtodaIll: gnosis301: DubtodaIll: If all the hours spent by competent people playing video games in the past 20 years had spent spent in endeavors beneficial to humanity we would have 90% less problems we have today, would have people on Mars, people on the Moon, and advancements beyond our comprehension. The amount of progress we lose in the name of fun is incalculable and apparently completely acceptable.Pffff AH HA HA HA HA HA!!!The voracity of anti-opinion to my positions leads me to believe that I am completely correct. Fishing or shooting pool or bowling simply does not attract the level of intelligence that video games do.
DubtodaIll: If all the hours spent by competent people playing video games in the past 20 years had spent spent in endeavors beneficial to humanity we would have 90% less problems we have today, would have people on Mars, people on the Moon, and advancements beyond our comprehension. The amount of progress we lose in the name of fun is incalculable and apparently completely acceptable.
Warthog: Do I think it's possible that at least some of the moral failures that people thought would come about because of these violent games have now come about? Yes, I do.
frepnog: Dafatone: frepnog: Don't Troll Me Bro!: That used to crack me up so badas a die hard metal head and child of the 80's it didn't crack me up. It pissed me off, to the point that to this day I can't bring myself to vote for a democrat.Well, that's dumb.nope. it's always the same shiat from them, and fark the government.
JasonOfOrillia: I played D&D as a kid. I've murdered hardly anyone.
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