Are video games as harmful as they are portrayed?
We have all had our fair share of playing video games as a toddler and some us still play them to this day. I can be one to vouch to you that they are very addicting. While video games may seem harmless, they can be very dangerous due to the violent content. According to David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family exposure to violent video games causes increased physiological arousal, heart rate, and blood pressure. From a personal aspect I can say that I believe violent video games have attributed to my brother’s attitude as well. Who would have ever thought that a video game would have control of their everyday life?
There many problems violent video games lead to but one of the main ones is physical aggression. Some people may say that playing these games is scape way to release anger. How is this so when many of us tend to get upset when we don’t win? I know myself that am guilty of this act. I’ve literally seen my brother throw the controller across the room over a defeated match. Over something as simple as a lost he had exploded within seconds.
Secondly they cause increased heart rate. When that adrenaline gets to pumping as you’re almost to the end of completing your mission your heart begins to beat faster. Whether you know it or not this causes your body to pump more blood which can cause a blood clot or maybe even an aneurysm. That doesn’t even cross your mind during this moment because your main focus is on this game. People don’t notice things as they purchase these “harmless” video games. Maybe if the time span were lessened then it wouldn’t be such an issue.
Last but not least violent video games cause blood pressure issues. Now you might look back and say, “Is that why granddaddy has to take blood pressure medicine?” This may have not been the reason for their issues but many researchers have backed the hypothesis of video games causes it in young adults. It is just like...