Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Turning on the X-box also turns on your brain!

For essay #3 I will continue to look at how violent video games can be good for kids.  One of my secondary sources I will be using is from The Washington Post. The title of the article is called “A New Study Shows Benefits of Violent Games.” This article suggests that playing video games even if it includes shooting, can increase children learning and social skills. The writers point out that the skills being strengthened in playing such games include, reasoning and memory. The authors say that it is found to be that playing shooter improved a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions. They also point out a study which found that the more people play strategic video games the more they improved in problem solving and school grades. Additionally, the authors point out that playing such video games can enhance creativity, but not when the child uses forms of technology to play the video game.

                This article is a good source to use for my essay and fits well, because it basically talks about the things I will talk about in my essay which is benefits of violent media. This article has many information of the benefits of violent media that I could elaborate on, such as the cognitive and creativity being enhanced. I could also use this source to back up what I’m saying when analyzing a pop-culture. A quote I plan on using is “The more adolescents reported playing strategic violent games, the more they improved in problem solving and school grades the following year.” In other words the authors are saying that the more people play violent games, the better they become at school because of the problem solving skills that is being worked on. I can use this quote to elaborate on how playing violent games can improve problem solving skills that can also carry on into academic grades.


                                                 Works Cited
"A New Study Shows Benefits of Violent Video Games for Kids' Learning." Washington Post. 02 Dec. 2013. Web. 22 July 2014.



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6 comments:

  1. Very interesting post. I feel that violent video games will have a both positive and negative effect on the child . Whether the child looks at it in that perspective. Children can play video games and they will just be fine or children will play these games and take it out in reality. :)

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  2. Great post, Nathan!

    But I'm not sure what you mean when you write, "Additionally, the authors point out that playing such video games can enhance creativity, but not when the child uses forms of technology to play the video game." Aren't all video games a form of technology?

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    1. Great title, by the way! Now you just need a naysayer and scholarly source!

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    2. I meant to add "not when the child uses OTHER forms of technology, such as a computer or cell phone."

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    3. Ah! That makes much more sense :-)

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  3. I really liked the title. It drew me in :D Also it seems like your on your way to a great essay

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