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Are violent things making us more violent?

Posted May 9, '08 at 1:29pm



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i dont think so


Posted May 9, '08 at 1:34pm



25 posts

um........... maybe some people but not me


Posted May 9, '08 at 1:54pm



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Flipski wrote:

Because you are subconsciously used to that sort of violence.

Perhaps so, but I think I'll add in something that strengthens the desensitisation =/=> initiation: awareness.

That children are the reflection of their homes, and that we learn behaviors is ultimately modulated by our executive processes. If we can be made to be aware of the implications of our actions and exercise this mental-discipline, then we can assess our situations and hold recourse to a separate system regardless of whether we are desensitised or not.

Furthermore, I'm not 100% if desensitisation works consistently. I must say I've played my fair share of violent videogames and exposed myself to some of the most disturbing s*** on the internet (none of which I will name here). But I still find that I can't wholly be desensitised because while I may be used to the exposure, the exposure itself still causes me to lose some kind of mental equilibrium, maybe because somewhere, it threatens my sense of being.

Maybe this is why some people are prone to thinking that every person has an innate moral compass (nuts to you, Hume.)

Posted May 9, '08 at 2:04pm



639 posts

Yes I suppose awareness affects a persons behavior significantly. I also play many violent video games and I do not feel more aggressive or violent, but that is because I know the difference between reality and 3D, and I know what is completely absurd in video games. But during development at a young age, If I had played violent video games It would have affected my development and I would have violent tendencies.

In much the same way that a child's household affects his or her development. If i live with violent, angry, drunks for roommates now it would not change my character, behavior, my method of thinking and myself as a whole, (I might be influenced to behave slightly differently around them, but my true self would not change) as it would if I were a child living in such a household.


Posted May 9, '08 at 7:17pm



244 posts

I heard a study on NPR about a month after the Virginia Tech shootings. The expert claimed that the chance of someone becoming a killer was really more multiplicative than additive.

For instance, someone with psychological problem but a loving family and good support will be less likely to kill somebody than the inverse. Also, the more factors you have against you, the more likely you are to go really nuts, and shoot up dozens of people instead of just one or two.

He specifically mentioned video games. The most effect they have is that people get a false impression of how easy it is, and become more excited while playing the game, but there's no correlation between playing these games and being violent in real life.

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