Violent Video Games and Acts of Violence

23 Jan

There has been much research in the past linking certain kinds of video games to violence in children, teens, and young adults. And while lately not much has been discussed in the literature I have a feeling that after the recent events this is going to change. Unless you’ve been away from a television or online news site or even Facebook I am going to assume you have heard about the New Mexico teen who gunned down his mother, father, brother, and two younger sisters and plotted to kill strangers outside a supermarket.  The young boy was described by his family as “a gifted athlete and musician who was active in youth services at church”.

The question remains, what makes a young man like this brutally kills his entire family and go as far as to send a picture of his dead mother to his girlfriend? The media is playing it as his connection with violent video games, now from the research I have come across these kinds of games activate a part of one’s brain associated with violence and violent acts however from the articles I’ve read about this instance authorities say the boy had been planning this for at least a week. This raises the question about what underlying issues this young man may have, as this makes it less likely due to his intense liking of violent video games. Proving even more so that mental health practitioners need more help and funding from the government to do work and research so that we can help avoid these kinds of events from happening in the future.

– Sara

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