Violent Video Games and Desensitization: What’s the Link?

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Violent Video Games and Desensitization: What’s the Link?

Parenting means constantly being on the run and telling your children what they can and cannot do. In this endless saga of telling our kids not to have too much chocolate or to not play with mud, we often overlook other pressing issues that may seem trivial. One of these is video games.

When children are growing up, cartoons, video games, animated movies, and gaming consoles are all a part of their routine. But are they really as harmless as we think they are? Maybe not.

According to research, a violent video game may have some role to play in making your child desensitized in real life too. Let’s look into the matter in detail.

What do violent video games mostly depict?

Most of the video games put the player in place of someone who has to beat others up and run away from the cops. The child who plays the video has to score points by showing mastery in hit-and-run incidents or shooting people—and that makes them feel like a hero. In the midst of all this, there’s aggression, blood, and an unexplained and indirect appreciation for violence. The child feels like they’re in a position of power and are the ones behind all the super-powerful fighting action. The repercussions of this have far-reaching consequences than we might assume.


The biggest problem with video games is how they incite a need to imitate what’s happening in the game. As per the research carried by the National Academy of Sciences, USA, students who were constantly seen beating other kids up in school were surveyed. When asked why, most of them stated that they simply beat their friends up because they did the same in a video game and wanted to try it in real life too. All in all, the child becomes more aggressive.

All problems associated with violent video games eventually narrow down to desensitization. When a child is beating up their opponent in a game and feels no guilt for all the bloodshed they see on-screen, their acceptance for the act increases. This leads to them not feeling bad when they see the same in real life.

As per a study, the audiovisuals in most of these modern games are so authentic and close to reality that the child almost forgets that most of it is not real. Therefore, committing violent acts that can’t be justified reduces the emotional response to real-life violence that the child is capable of producing.  

What can parents do?

If you feel like your child might be playing violent video games on their phones in your absence then you need to take action. We recommend downloading a phone monitoring app app like Highster Mobile. With the help of such phone tracking software, you can get remote access to all of your child’s online activity—even if they refuse to share. To get your version of Highster Mobile, contact us online now. 

Ned Smith
Ned is a tech nerd who is into knowing the latest technologies and trends, which he wants to share with the world.
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