At this point I am frustrated to hell with people trying to tell me that video games are the reason for violence. I am also sick to death of people looking down on me simply because I prefer to play games rather than watch football or partake of some other past time. There are millions of people who play video games and we do so simply as a form of enjoyment. Believing these people are lesser simply because of their hobby is a very irrational way of thinking.
Take the violence aspect. Violence existed long before video games and in greater quantities. The ancient Roman gladiator games were insanely violent and yet this was condoned by society at this time. Violence eventually became less acceptable and the games began their slow death. Or did they? This vulgar past time became one of the heavy contributors to what we now know as sports. Football and hockey are pretty violent sports yet it was far less common to hear that they were sources of violence. This is true even before video games came about. I want to note that I AM NOT attacking sports. I am actually trying to say that if you condemn video games then it is only rational that one must consider all other sources that use violence. Truthfully, it is irrational to believe either of these is the sole contributor that makes our children violent. The blame also lies more with the parents than most will admit. Yes, I said it. Video games, sports, or even television are often used merely as scapegoats for parents who cannot live up to their own short-comings. Everybody is different and, as a result, it is important for a parent to learn what is mature enough to partake in. Trying to lump these individuals into categories (in this case age) is the best media companies can do, but it is not logically sound to assume that these categories are all it takes. The parents need to know each individual child and understand what they can or cannot handle.
I do not considered myself to be less of a person because I play video games. This is what I do and it is not dumb. It is no different from going shopping or playing sports. Some of you might be thinking that my particular past time contributes nothing to society. This is an incorrect assumption as they are now using a game called "Minecraft" to help teach younger kids in schools. They are also using games such as "Dance Dance Revolution" in gym classes to provide people with exercise. Not only that, but games help us to become analytical thinkers, inspire creativity, allow for stress relief (which one could argue actually helps to reduce violence).
Another common misconception is that people think that video games make children 'socially awkward.' This, again, is not the case. First off, I will define 'socially awkward' as social behavior that is deemed unacceptable by our government and/or society. I know plenty of people who play video games that are very 'socially grounded.' We still make friends and can blend very well into social situations if we are allowed to. Therein lies the issue. We need to be 'allowed' to and not turned away or looked down upon.
In conclusion, video gamers should not be regarded as more or less of a threat to our society than any other past time. I respect everyone who is fair, reasonable, and a positive influence on our society, and I expect the same in return. There is nothing more irrational than trying to put most of the blame on any one contributor to issues in our society. We are no more slackers or violent people than people with different hobbies. Thanks and have a nice day.