Just a few days ago, all media were busy focusing on the massacre of Sandy Hook and the relationship between violent video games and the crazy act of Adam Lanza.
A few days later the FBI, through former profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole said the inaccuracy of the theories that link the passion for video games to the various incidents of violence occurred.
“In my experience, video games do not cause violence, however, is one of the risk variables we take into consideration when we make an assessment of the threat to act violently.
It is important that I do note that, in the assessment of the threat and as a former FBI profiler, we do not see these things as causes of violence. We see them rather as gasoline on a fire already burning. ”
To support the thesis of Mary Ellen O’Toole comes the statement by the professor of Psychology at A & M International University Christopher Ferguson. The teacher pointed out that over the last 40 years there has been a decline in juvenile crime and video games have become increasingly violent.
“I think we should put this discussion, to some extent, in a historical perspective. And, with the arrival of new media, they go through a period of time that we call ‘moral panic’, they become the cause of all the ills of society. The best example of this phenomenon is when, in the 50s, Congress and psychiatrists argued that comics were not only responsible for juvenile offenders, but also homosexuality. You enter a state of concern or panic, in this type of media. Could we get the cart before the horse, or we could see some people from an arbitrary conclusion and try to gather data selectively to support it. ”
This statement comes after another major speech on this subject, let’s talk about Obama who argues that learning to program, even video games, is a sector that creates jobs. In a recent video interview he said:
“The introduction of studies concerning the programming, including video games, schools makes sense, considering the great popularity that video games have among boys. This would also make the kids ready for the jobs in a sector that can create new. ”
“What I’m trying to do is to work with schools and all districts of the country to make sure that the experience of high school is an important experience for young people, not only for those who decide to go to college or take a degree. I suspect that there are many young people out there to whom if in high school are given the find everything to understand – here’s how you can make your video games, but you know you need to know mathematics as well, you must know the graphic designs – would be ready to do so. Moreover, this would allow those who do not plan to attend college are, however, ready to work. Given the use of computers and the Internet that you do now I wish that today’s kids are able to produce what they use, not only to benefit “