In regards to violent video games and its effects on the human brain, I wanted to research and find out more on why and how video games such as Halo and Call of Duty can be beneficial to young adults.
As humans, we are certainly not perfect. There are times when we will think thoughts and later become ashamed or even embarrassed for thinking them. We will make plenty of mistakes and we will (hopefully) learn from them. At the age of a young adult is where we tend to make most of our mistake and young adults in particular are in the midst of a developing mind and often have trouble expressing their emotions and/or thoughts.
Because of the growing pains young adults endure, a lot of the time there is no outlet to release some of the frustrations that they might feel from a relationship with a significant other, a family member, school, etc., which is why it may not be a bad thing for violent video games to be permitted. However, in my opinion, there should be a balance between playing video games and spending time with family, friends and on school work. If one becomes too “tunnel-vision” on violent video games, this could lead to future problems.
However, if violent video games are played responsibly, there are a lot of benefits to it.
“People who play video games such as Activision Blizzard Inc.’s ‘Call of Duty’ are better able to multitask, perform cognitive tasks such as rotating objects in their minds and focus and retain information better than non-players,” said a research professor, Daphne Bavelier, in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester in New York.
What is most interesting, according to a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is that non-gamers also improved their multi-tasking and cognitive skills after researchers assigned them to play a violent video game for as long as two hours, five times a week for two months. The results of this study were that the benefits lasted for as long as a year.
Not only was there one study produced in the matter of positive benefits from violent video games, but the American Psychological Association also performed a study. In regards to this study, playing video games may also help children develop problem-solving skills. Apparently, “the more adolescents reported playing strategic violent video games, such as role-playing games, the more they improved in problem solving and school grades the following year.”
So, even though there is a big controversy as to whether or not violent video games should be allowed access, it seems as if playing these types of games can actually produce more positive benefits than harmful effects.
What is your opinion in relation to my previous post about the harmful effects on video games and this post? Are violent video games necessary and beneficial to have in our society if young adults use these games wisely?