• Damien Lane

Editorial: Debate on video games causing violence


The government has been talking about video games and how they are making young teens more aggressive. The idea of kids becoming more aggressive is a crazy idea of making kids 'unstable' in school.

On Feb. 23, 2018, Republican member of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, Robert Nardolillo, stood in front of room full of news reporters and made a statement about video games: “There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not and a bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way. Our goal is to make every school in Rhode Island a safe and calm place for students to learn. By offering children resources to manage their aggression today, we can ensure a more peaceful tomorrow.”

Rep. Nardolilo did not have any proof or sources to show what he said about video games was true. There is also no proof from any company that claims that video games make kids aggressive or any type different from a kid who doesn't play games. The press mainly reports on the bad things towards video games when there is a lot of good that can come from them, as well. Some researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent, according to Science Daily.

The University ran over 3,000 tests with different people between the ages of 5 and 17. The researchers have put many hours into the experiments to settle the debate on video games causing any changes in young teen behavior. The game can come to a point where it can make the player upset with the game, but this would be like getting mad at your phone or a slow car on the road.

In 2013, the American Psychological Association linked violent video games and aggressive behavior, but more than 230 psychologists, media scholars, and criminologists said the APA used faulty methods and relied on biased information, according to Engadget.