What is Moral Reasoning? From the time we are born till the time of our death, we undergo a lot of changes which leads to both growth and development. One such development is to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. This change leads to moral development in a person which is very important.
Example- Initially, the right and wrongs in life circle around reward and punishment. But later on in life with societal factors coming into the display, one develops a deeper understanding.
An experiment was devised to measure the moral understanding of both adolescent men and women. Results were as surprising as it may seem. The result showed that the moral progression of adolescent men was much more than women. Usually, women are seen to have higher-end towards moral reasoning but this time it was otherwise.
When we delved into the topic and explored the primary habits of these individuals, it was displayed to us that these men who were the subject for the experiment engaged in a lot of gaming sessions. As a result, they successfully developed a better moral functioning. We do not want to put across a generalizing statement but it is a fact that women show a little less interest in video games as compared to men.
Moreover, with everyone caught up in their homes during the prevailing pandemic situation, the usual time allotted for a good gaming session has increased. According to one report, online gaming saw an increase of 75% traffic in the first week of lockdown itself in the United States. These individuals with a lot of time in hand devoted all of it to the sole purpose of playing games online.
Are Video Games always Good?
The parents of these youngsters have shown a growing concern towards the impact of such games on the mind, behavior, and personality and thinking pattern of these individuals. They were worried as violent video games might influence their children’s moral development. Another report that was published displayed that the university going students were not affected by the violence showcased in such games. However, younger adolescents with moral reasoning under development must be protected and kept away from these games. This is definitely one of the reasons why Video Games come along with an age restriction. They are developed keeping in mind the psychological development of that person during that age for whom it is appropriate.
Are the people who are habituated to play video games and who showcase violent and aggressive behavior influenced by the games they play? This is a long-standing argument that encapsulates various reasons within it. However, one thing remains certain is that one should engage in all sorts of genres of video games but one should not overdo it which might impact our mental health. Do you agree with our opinion or do you have something of your own?