After dancing around the question of whether tattoos are okay for Christians, marriage and family therapist Dr. Linda Mintle (pictured) turned her attention to the subject of violent videogames.
On the CBN website, a “preteen” stated that “My mom and dad don’t want me to play violent video games,” and asked the doctor “What’s the big deal?”
Mintle, who is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, before responding with a laundry list of maladies she attributed to playing violent games, said that the “big deal” is that playing such games can lead to aggression and “increase delinquency.”
Among her claims:
- … you may even see the world as hostile after playing these games.
- Violent video games can teach you violent ways to think.
- Violent video games allow you to practice being violent.
- For heavier consumers of violent media (four or more hours a day), the impact is less school effort, poorer reading skills, less time playing with friends, fewer hobbies/activities, and overweight.
- The games can make you less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
- The games can also make you more fearful of the world and see it as a scary place.
- If you practice violence in games, you can access this information for real-life situations.
In spite of that list, Dr. Mintle then offered, “... we don’t know how much those games affect you in terms of violence and shooting people.”