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ERIC Number: EJ748672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
School Students and Computer Games with Screen Violence
Fedorov, A. V.
Russian Education and Society, v47 n11 p88-96 Nov 2005
In this article, the author states how these days, school students from low-income strata of the population in Russia spend hours sitting in computer rooms and Internet clubs, where, for a relatively small fee, they can play interactive video games. And to determine what games they prefer the author conducted a content analysis of eighty-seven computer games found in computer game center in the city of Taganrog. Results of the analysis showed that the number of preferred computer games that contain scenes of violence exceeds the number of "safe" games (primarily those involving sports). Moreover, the preference for games that involve killing, fighting, and other elements of violence, such as "Doom," "Final Doom," "Resident Evil," and "Mortal Combat," is typical to students. Furthermore, many studies have found a cause-and-effect link between media violence for entertainment and children's aggression: "the immoderate consumption of audiovisual information that contains realistically portrayed scenes of violence (1) encourages the idea that violence is an acceptable way to solve social conflicts; (2) fosters indifference to human suffering; (3) causes viewers to fear that they may become the victims of violence; and (4) serves as a justification for the use of violence in real life". And that the greatest interest in screen violence is manifested by males, by those who are inclined to be aggressive, who want to experience stimulation and keen sensations, by people who are looking for their own social self or a way to get along with their peers, who are inclined to try "forbidden fruit," who desire to see fairness restored, and who are able to maintain an emotional distance so that the visual images do not cause them to become too anxious. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia