Parents, I present to you another affect that violent video games have on a child’s behavior, which is decreased self control. The article is by Brad J. Bushman, an extremely authoritative figure on social psychology. Bushman has conducted a plethora of studies published in scholarly journals, the news, and other sources of media. In this particular article, Decreased Self-Control, Bushman discusses numerous credible empirical studies/experiments and presents the collective data.
Through each article, Bushman discusses the ways in which violent video games decrease self-control and how it is negative. Overall, those who played violent video games indulged in unhealthy things, cheated, and caused unpleasantness to others more than those who played non-violent video games. Furthermore, in these same studies, a Moral Disengagement Scale was conducted. The conclusions of this are particularly important because they concluded that:
“teens who played the violent video games, those who scored higher in moral disengagement were especially likely to cheat, eat more chocolate, and act more aggressively.” (Decreased Self-Control)
These conclusions at first glance may not seem too problematic to some people, but in reality they are. Parents, I would hope that you don’t want your child thinking that stealing and/or cheating are not that big of deal. Both stealing and cheating can lead to violent and/or aggressive situations…on top of being immoral! Parents, decreased self-control is extremely problematic, not only for your children, but also for society. I believe that having self-control is what basically keeps the majority of society functioning. We all have impulses, good and bad. If everyone always acted on their negative impulses then the world be a violent and corrupted place. Since playing violent video games is proved to potentially cause a decrease in self-control then violence in video games has to be addressed.
Parents, what do you think? Have you ever noticed a lack of self-control in your children that play violent video games?
Gamers, rate your self-control? Do you ever feel that you have a lack of self-control and/or don’t care if you commit immoral acts?