Violent Video Games are Not Enemies. Stop Banning Them!

Violent Video Games are Not Enemies. Stop Banning Them!

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          Video games has quickly become one of the favorite pastime and recreational activities of children and young adults, to the point that public opinion has often wondered what are the educational effects and, above all, the non-educative effects of these electronic games, especially if the contents are violent. Concerns about exposure to videogames are more justified when the use of these technologies continues to create a sort of dependency. On the other hand, video games are considered as an opportunity for exercising and developing some thinking skills,coordination, cognitive flexibility. In short, they are opportunities to increase one's "academic" knowledge. 

          The use of video games in itself is not always harmful, rather it can activate a whole series of cognitive abilities such as problem solving or problem analysis, prolonged attention and responsiveness. In addition, many video games allow a multi-player mode that allows children to play simultaneously with their friends and companions, perhaps on the same team, even when they are not physically close. These aspects can foster cooperation and respect for the spaces, rules and timing of the other, manage frustrations and deal with defeats. Many psychologists, such as Lowenstein, have always believed that playing violent video games does not lead people to be necessarily violent. A person who plays "Surgeon Simulator" will not necessarily become a surgeon, as one who plays "Cooking Mama" will not become a famous chef. Thus, even those who play violent video games will not become a professional serial killer.

          Video games are proven to be an effective therapeutic tool for the treatment of a wide range of disorders, related to the spectrum of visual and cognitive abilities. Again, violent video games are not the major cause of a player behavior, instead they develop and enhance some thinking skills of the individual. That's why they should not be banned.

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