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Before trying to determine whether desensitization to violence and video games are correlated in any way we should explain first what is usually meant by desensitization to violence Young people becoming desensitized to violence means that they gradually come to not be aroused by violent scenes and to not be bothered by violence in general It is argued that children perceive screen violence as play or spectacle and somehow become immune to the horror of violence which makes them as a result less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others They may even accept violence as the only way to resolve conflict which makes them more likely to behave in aggressive and harmful ways towards others It seems that there is no controversy concerning the effects of violence viewing on young people Most scientists agree that there are negative effects from exposure to media violence and one such effect is desensitizing to violence However nobody ever distinguishes between actual violence and fictional or simulated one as is the case with video games Do they really believe that the teenager who laughs while seeing a game character being relentlessly beaten is equally insensitive when he sees his mother for example being beaten by his father Is there some kind of selective insensitivity then There is also a tendency for oversimplification of a very complex issue Sensitivity is an integral part of an individuals character and not something that can be added to this character by means of an external influence It cannot be removed either Being or not being sensitive depends on the same numerous factors that condition the building of personality It takes therefore more than exposing oneself to violent material in order to become insensitive to anything or even aggressive and violent himself After all the kind of violence we are talking about fictional or simulated is everywhere and has always been Literature poetry films TV movies games every form of art all
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