Psychology Today writes about the American Psychiatric Association (APA) who published a report in 2015, stating that “playing violent video games leads to more aggressive moods and behaviors and detracts from the players’ feelings of empathy and sensitivity to aggression.” However a large contingent of researchers focused on pediatric and adolescent health have found otherwise. As people play violent video games more, we should see a spike in violent crimes, but we do not. Because of the contingent of people that play violent video games, there would have been a spike in violent crimes based off these games. This is one of the many reasons why there is no correlation to violent video games and violent behavior.
In an article published by CNN, Susan Scutti writes about the APA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both have reported significant links between violent video games causing violent behavior. The AAP reports that 97% of american teenagers play some type of video games, and that an overwhelming majority of those games contain violence. The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others. Because such an overwhelming amount of games contain some type of violence, it is concerning to hear the amount of people playing these games. However, has proven from the APA, there is no spike in violent crimes that correlates to anything relating to video games.
Violent video games are a world-wide phenomenon. The argument that the increase in school shootings and other mass casualty events is due to violent video games is not valid for a few reasons. One of which is that the spike in shootings is predominantly in America. Violent video games are world-wide and if they were causing the increase in violence there would not be a large contingent only in America. This proves that the increase in shootings is being caused by a different issue within America. Therefore because there is no spike in normal crime or violent crime rate, and because the shootings are the effect of something else, there is no proof to correlate violent video games to youth violence.