Video Games Lead To Anti Social Behavior

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by AduhAwas, Mar 18, 2009.

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Do you think gaming can lead to anti-social behavior?

  1. Yes. A lot of gamers end up locked in their rooms muttering insane things to themselves. I dont care

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  2. Oh the beautiful middle ground! Yes gaming can lead to anti-social behavior but doesn't mean it is t

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  3. Not really. I believe if anything gaming leads to a more positive social environment. I mean im not

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  4. Not at all. Most of the anti-social kids were fucked up to begin with.

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  1. AduhAwas

    AduhAwas Rookie

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    Hi GR. Been a stalker for many years and finally decided to open up an account, so this is my first post here. Anyways, was reading maca2kx's blog and came across http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2009/01...dy-links-videogames-with-antisocial-behavior/ Well needless to say I got into a ranting and raving mood and ended up posting a long hefty comment regarding some of the issues addressed in the article. Just wanted to see what some of the people here at GR feel like about this issue. Forgive me if some of my comment seems confusing as it what to a degree addressing the article as well as some of the posters. I would highly recommend people just go through the article and its comments as most of them are well written and worth reading.

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    Many people here seem to think that gaming is something one needs to outgrow. Why? Do we have to outgrow all habits that were instilled in us as children? I still read books, i still watch tv, i still use a computer, all habits that I have had as far as I can remember. But no one will tell you to drop these habits. So why should one drop gaming?

    Perhaps one could argue that gaming provides nothing of substance. After all books, tv and internet can provide us with knowledge. What does gaming offer us? To that one can answer that gaming allows for us to stimulate the brain much the way books, movie or a piece of art do. I have learned a tremendous deal about mythology through the likes of playing Final Fantasy games. I have learned to think quickly and react quickly thanks to playing countless shooting games and playing dota. (http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/vi ... 12&cat=1_5) Overall, i believe gaming as been a very profitable endeavor for my mind.

    However, as in the case of this article, gaming can have a negative affect on certain minds, but who is to say those minds would not be equally affected by the likes of other mediums available to us? Im sure some of the garbage on our tv sets has done a far greater job in dumbing down my generation.

    Addressing the issue of gaming leading to anti social behavior, that is perhaps the greatest lie any research team can concoct. As of right now, any game that ships of without some sort of multiplayer component is dooming itself to limited amounts of replay time (only rpgs tend to get away with this nowadays) and thus might not be such a hard sell in the mind of a thrifty gamer who wants more bang for his buck. Games that have gamers hooked nowadays all revolve around some form of social interaction. World Of Warcraft has 11.5 million subscribers playing with OTHER players, not some sort of solo endeavor (as goes for all other MMORPG’s out there). Call Of Duty 4 another popular game has a very short single player mode but an excellent multiplayer mode which requires you to play with other players. If one were to list all the games that have some sort of multiplayer component or required some social interaction with other, we would be here all day. Sure people arent physically interacting with others, but to say gaming leads to anti social behavior is ridiculous. Some of the best times with my friends have been us playing whole evenings worth of Tekken together. And heres the shocker! We would talk, argue and laugh like regular people! Society has very often looked to find a scapegoat for all its flaws, and in this generation the easy target has been video games. It is relatively new to the general masses, and it looks like prime material for people to blame all their woes upon.
     
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  2. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
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    Moved to Gen Gaming.
     
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  3. miak757

    miak757 Regular

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    Oh God!!!


    also Video games don't cause anti-social problems, micheal jackson does that for them.
     
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  4. Rakon

    Rakon Rookie

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    Your face leads to anti-social behaviour.

    Ya, that's how ugly you are. Burn.
     
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  5. Briggsred

    Briggsred Rookie

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    Shake n' bake!
     
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  6. napsterxxl

    napsterxxl Ye Olde School

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    Hmm that explains the strange feeling of being watched when I browsed GR on my laptop while in a restroom....
     
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  7. De-Ting

    De-Ting Rookie

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    Better an anti-social than a 13-year-old girl.
     
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  8. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
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    I don't know if video games lead to anti-social behaviors, but they're definitely a good tool with which to partake in anti-social behaviors, if you wish.
     
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  9. Briggsred

    Briggsred Rookie

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    You can't forget about the attention whores too. They are definitely the worst type a person with social insecurity can be.
     
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  10. UghRochester

    UghRochester https://www.twitch.tv/ughrochester

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    Agreed
    and AduhAwas, since you been a stalker, spying on use for many years...Who do you work for?
    Why is your saw A hudA backwards?
    What's a hudA?
     
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  11. Briggsred

    Briggsred Rookie

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    Aduha IS SPY! SPY SAPPIN' MAH TOPIC.

    One of those KGB bastards probably!
     
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  12. KoalaRainbowPoop

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    well, that explains our missing underwear and the cameras in the bathroom .
     
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  13. napsterxxl

    napsterxxl Ye Olde School

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    I feel violated...
     
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  14. AMANIAC

    AMANIAC Rookie

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    And if he was? What would you do Briggs, what would you do?
     
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  15. WickedLiquid

    WickedLiquid Regular

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    I don't think it leads to anti-scocial beheaviour. Sure I grew up on video games and spent some summer nights in high school playing Final Fantasy 8 until 5-6am. But I would also spend summer nights doing shrooms and tripping out with friends.

    Which was worse?
     
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  16. Nick_Tan

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    Actually, a study found that people who did NOT play video games were as likely to be anti-social as those who played video games obsessively. It actually makes sense when you think about it. Video games are now a part of the accepted subculture - so while being too involved isolates you, so does NOT being involved at all.

    And hey, I find it weird when someone doesn't play a video game of any sort.
     
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  17. jivesc00ter

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    i dont believe video games make you anti social, i think any pass time can lead a person with an addictive personality to be anti social. As for me i own well over 500 games and every system you can name, and im very out going and social, i use my video games as a tool to be social with my friends
     
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