Violent Online Games May Lead To Behavioral Changes In Young Men

This has been the generation of online gaming. Kids usually play games outside or in the park and when they become young men they stop playing and do some other things. Games of this generation don’t stop on kids especially if we’re talking about online games. It lures teenage boys and even adults are addicted to it. Most of these online games are battle or war games wherein one needs to kill the villains or the opposing virtual group using virtual weapons. For online gamers killing is winning and it doesn’t sound good for those who are not used it.

There has been several studies conducted by a lot of concerned researchers on how these violent games can affect the gamers themselves. Neurological as well as behavioral changes have been pointed out several times as its worst effects that the controversy has even reached the Supreme Court last year.

The Indiana University School of Medicine researchers presented a study just recently showing that there has been significant changes in the region of the brain associated with cognitive function and emotional control to those young men who played violent video games, compared to playing games at, in just a span of 1 week.

“For the first time, we have found that a sample of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent video games at home,” says Yang Wang, M.D., assistant research professor in the IU Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. “The affected brain regions are important for controlling emotion and aggressive behavior.”

The researchers gathered 28 gamers and half of them were randomly chosen to play a shooting video game for 10 hours at home for one week and refrain from doing such for another week. All of the 28 recipients underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis at the beginning of the study, with follow-up exams at first and second weeks. The fMRI comes along with emotional interference task and cognitive inhibition counting task.

After a week of playing the violent shooting games, the 14 recipients showed less activation both in the emotional and cognitive tasks. After another week of not playing the game, tests were again taken and the results were now as close to the results of the controlled group who didn’t play violent games for the entire 2 weeks.

“These findings indicate that violent video game play has a long-term effect on brain functioning,” Dr. Wang said. “These effects may translate into behavioral changes over longer periods of game play.”

This is something that everyone should think over. These violent online games really affects the brain functioning of the gamer and could eventually lead to behavioral changes in the future. The gamers should be aware of these things for them to realize that what they’re frequently doing may harm them in the long run.

5 Responses to “Violent Online Games May Lead To Behavioral Changes In Young Men”
  1. Hansen says:

    I myself was a hardcore gamer of Modern Warfare and Battlfield, but my behavior was changed. I wonder why. I’ve been playing these PS3 games for more than 2 years now.

    Maybe it was changed, and I haven’t noticed it just yet

  2. Mummy Ninja says:

    Cool info! Now I’m thinking twice of buying Battlefield 3! Hahaha! Or I’ll just play Uncharted 3 perhaps? Because it’s not that violent. Haha!

  3. Jay says:

    Kind of scary. Zombiefication.

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