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Watching violence makes you aggressive
Posted 1/2/15 , edited 1/2/15
Do you think people who frequently watch violent movies, tv programs, animes, whatever make them more violent or aggressive in thoughts and/or behavior? Or-- you know what, not just watching. Also reading of violent things. I'm not talking about preschoolers copying everything they see, I'm talking about anyone above middle school level. Do such things influence your thoughts or behavior without you being aware? Do you think age makes a difference (being a teenager, in your mid 20's, in your early 30's, late 40's, ect..)?

I'd just like to hear thoughts on this.

(I hope there are no other topics on this. i was looking, but i couldn't find anything. it surprises me that no one has mentioned this, so i think i may have missed seeing a similar forum.)
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Posted 1/2/15
I hear that's why they canceled the road runner show.
I love that show.
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Posted 1/2/15 , edited 1/3/15
I would say that if a person is influenced by violent media (games, movies etc) to do violent things regardless of age, then I would say that person is suffering from a personality disorder of some type. Maybe something like Borderline Personality Disorder. I'm not completely sure on that but what I can say is that, the person influenced by violent media is not normal.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/8/15
Depends, how easily influenced one is
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Posted 1/3/15
Watching stupid people who get aggressive over watching violence makes me aggressive
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
Here's a link to a great Penn and Teller's: Bullshit episode where this is discussed.

http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/doboe4/penn---teller-bullshit--video-games

Personally I feel that if you are mentally impaired to the point you fantasize about killing people, and then do so, video games are an easy to blame but it's more than likely a congenital brain defect or some seriously fucked up brain chemistry..

Am registered neuroscience RN.

Edit: Link is NSFW
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/8/15
I think over a period of time it could influence anybody. You are your thoughts, and if you consistently take in violent content your mind focuses on violent thoughts that may mature overtime. That being said if you can find a way to disengage yourself from them, I.e. Take breaks and focus on other forms of material I don't think it really affects you.
Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15
"violent video games will make kids become violent" - anonymous parent. *goes home, gives own kids a smack in the head for stealing a cookie or something*

people are really hypocritical with what they say and do. I think violent children are caused by direct violence on them, not from watching/playing violent movies/games. (It doesn't necessarily have to be a parent, it can be an uncle, older sibling etc).
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/8/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

"violent video games will make kids become violent" - anonymous parent. *goes home, gives own kids a smack in the head for stealing a cookie or something*

people are really hypocritical with what they say and do. I think violent children are caused by direct violence on them, not from watching/playing violent movies/games. (It doesn't necessarily have to be a parent, it can be an uncle, older sibling etc).


I reckon some kids need to be smacked more.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/4/15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uwAo8lcAC4

The idea that fictional violence will turn you into or influence you into becoming some kind of mass murderer is absurd, offensive, and irrational. People will always point fingers to the medium; refusing to acknowledge it as a new form of art whilst simultaneously shaming gamers like myself for enjoying a harmless hobby. All these accusations against gamers are complete bullshit and refuse to acknowledge logic, reason, as well as scientific evidence that oppose them.

It's basically the modern age equivalent of medieval book-burning.
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Posted 1/3/15
I suppose it may depend on the individual, i.e someone with a mental illness may see acts of violence in games or on television and want to recreate them. But as a whole population I believe it has little to no effect, and possibly the opposite. Some studies have shown that violent games may be used to take stress out on and use violence without any consequences.
There are however some studies that show children who play violent games tend to be less helpful and numb to other peoples emotions.
Posted 1/3/15
Yes, it does :") but i took it out on training and karate (hobbies i used to have). I'm generally good at imitating which is weird but yeah... I was definitely one of those kids with imaginary friends lol. Don't judge me.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
Frithy, I have to say that the truth is that what you are saying is wrong and will always be wrong. Smacking kids additionally is just going to cause nothing but trouble such as abuse, neglect, and other violent things. Do you know who created smacking? It was also created by misleading bible translations. Smacking is responsible for making kids violent. It's not an opinion, it's nature and reality. It also causes mental illness, etc...

Endcorporalpunishment.org

Thank you for attention.

P.S. I hope you learned your lesson.

Edit: Also, smacking is never suppose to be and never will be used for any reason, ever.

Thank you.
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
The sort of person who it could make act violent would probably be prone to becoming violent over all manner of other things, anyway. I've played violent games and watched violent moves since I was about 5 years old, and at 18 guess what? I never even received so much as a detention at school, nor have I ever laid a finger on anyone. If you're a sane individual, I firmly believe they can in no way affect you. There's a different between a fictional set-up film, or programming on a screen, and committing violence in real life, and anyone who lets one influence the other clearly has a problem of some kind. What's more, as someone who's dad owns a gunstore (and don't worry, I'm not going to be shooting up schools anytime soon because I'm, you know, not a psycho) I have had the opportunity to fire guns on a range and can tell you that anyone who claims they used a game to practice shooting is doing nothing but talking out of their arse. If you think pressing RB or R1 or Right mouse click or whatever equates to simulating the firing of a gun then you're off your rocker.
Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
If you live in a first world country, it's one of the least violent times in history. If violent media caused violence one would expect to see an increase in violence, instead violent crime rates have plummeted. Also, the studies claiming to show a link have had significant problems with methodology or sample sizes too small to be statistically significant.
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