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Can watching too much TV or playing to many video games alter your perception of reality?
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dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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yes. say that you only get your news from "fox news" and no where else, they put on wrong statements(such as labeling a congressional republican sexual predator as a democrat) and never make a correction. you now beleive that the sexual predator was a democrat congressman, your reality has been altered.
but thats just a factual reality and can be easily remedied, i suppose the question meant as in making a person schitzophrenic or dillusional,

 
dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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if you percieve something as the truth and its not, your perception of reality has been altered.
and they might not see princess zelda, but they may think that the world is full of nothing but beautifull people, and have a lower self esteem because they think they are not,, which is false reality perception,, tv is full of the beautifull people,, not such the case in reality.

 
brivapor
Apr 14, 2007
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Iv seen multiple police reports,in newspapers, reporting that some 20 something freeked out,thought he was a video game character and acting all crasi. So it is a fact, to much video games will alter a person

 
dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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lol, i actually just found an article, guy robbed a clothing shop, said he thought he was a female elf magician,, turned out he went nuts playing a rpg too much..
i do agree that a person would have to have some kind of psychotic tendencies to begin with tho,, ???

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6425333.stm

 
dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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well i didnt think i had to quantify the amounts,, if a person is only watching a bit of tv,, chances are they are also out in the real world interacting with real people.
where as if they are cooped up watching tv or playing games,, thats the only interactivity they are getting.

 
dirtpatch
Apr 14, 2007
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nope. "too much" is a purely objective quantity. first off if some one were to state that any viewing at all affects reality, than any amount is "too much".
question posed here means anything over standard viewing practices. and too make an argument that states that even a small amount of viewing can alter perceptual reality, then to state that over-viewing cant, is a logical fallacy,, its like saying, smoking a little crack can get you high, but large amounts make no differance.

 
jennstx
Apr 14, 2007
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TV and video games are both virtual realities and if anyone spends too much time in a virtual reality than it will alter their view of the real world. The problem is that "too much" depends on the person, their age, and their level of experience out in the real world.

Also, no one has mentioned the habit theory. If all it takes is 21 days of doing the same thing over and over to create an indelible habit that will take years to erase then it would stand to reason that immersing yourself in violence through video games constantly would, indeed, make its mark on turning up a person's tendency towards violence. If all a person watches is Jerry Springer then it also stands to reason that even the most verbose and educated people will eventually "dumb" themselves down.

Doing anything consistently affects you. If you exercise consistently you shape your body and if you engage your mind in certain activities repeatedly then it will shape your mind and your views.

Look at the Homosexual issue. Before Will and Grace being gay was a pretty verbotin subject and most "gay" shows were pretty explicit and depicted gays as immoral and shallow sex addicts whose idea of a long term relationship was about 2 hrs. After shows like Will & Grace now even Ma & Pa Kettle in Podunk are less likely to run screaming for their churches if they see gay people. Which is good so mot all TV is bad but it definately impacts people values, morals, and ideas about what is and is not acceptable.





 
brivapor
Apr 14, 2007
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the news report said the man had no prior instances of craziness.

If a person who is totalli anti social,and his entire world is plaing a video game, nonstop, The answer is yes, most definatli too much video games can alter a persons view on realiti


 
nimmo
Apr 15, 2007
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There may not have been any signs of the instability, but that does not mean it wasn't there.

Most people aren't diagnosed until they show some symptoms of the condition from which they suffer, this could just have been the first big one that people noticed.

 
dast
Apr 15, 2007
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I experienced it the other day, as I entered a govt. institution, someone walked near me, and I almost gave him an elbow in the throat to take him out, ran over to the locked door (I got the code just watching someone opening it), and opened the door... for what? To enter a stupid room where nothing worth doing all that for was located, and screwing up the reason I was there in the first place... What the hell was I thinking?!? Too many MI/ spy/ BI/ etc. movies recently... Yeah, it does affect reality/ thinking, no doubt about that one.

 
jesus
Apr 17, 2007
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NO of course not, now excuse me while i go kill these zombies


yeah, come on, how many of us thought about what we would do if zombies attacked after seeing dawn of the dead

 
brivapor
Apr 17, 2007
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ok tri this one

grand theft auto the gui drives fast cars around cities speeding here, around corners, around cars, alwais speeding

now, when u go to drive ur car in reel life U feel that u are driving slowli and want to drive a little faster, not as fast as in the game, but still faster

 
atrincgmailcom
Apr 18, 2007
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this is a test


 
yingjai
Apr 19, 2007
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Yes, but it isn't always a bad thing. Unless you're always watching Fox News or something on a similar level, there are many things you could learn from some tv shows that could be good and which you probably wouldn't be exposed to elsewhere.

 
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fetus
Apr 14, 2007
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As your statement makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, I'd rather everyone vote for the "no."

After all, no one but an already mentally disturbed person sees Princess Zelda walking the streets, drinking coffee with Mario.



 
henthorn
Apr 14, 2007
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The debate, last time I checked, was whether too much TV or video-games altered your perceptions of reality. By your standards, even the smallest quantity of media could change a person (and I agree totally that it does).

Excess quantities are not adressed in your argument.

 
henthorn
Apr 14, 2007
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But would you agree that any news source affects the audiences interpretation of events in some way, thus affecting thier perception of reality however much they consume?

The debate specifies 'too much' viewing. If you admit that your argument could work under any circumstance (in this case, any amount of viewing) then it is not applicable to this debate.

 
fetus
Apr 14, 2007
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#01. Nobody sees Mario, or The Real World on MTV as "the truth." They see it as a means of entertainment. If you think that that world is "the truth," you shouldn't even be called part of the "general public," you should be in a mental hospital.

#02. If you look at TV and see all beautiful people and think that you have to be beautiful, TOUGH TOENAILS FOR YOU. It's true that the world is full of beautiful people, and because you and I are not one of them, we have to live life without being an idiot. It's more or less reality that only the beautiful survive: it's sucks, but it's so damn true. It's called coping.

 
rolanderikson
Apr 14, 2007
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If you believe everything you are told it doesn't matter where it comes from. If you do hear a "lie" and take it to be true who's fault is it? The lie spreader or the one who did not know it was a lie? Some facts in the news may be false, but not everyone who reports the news knows exactly 100% of the facts for every story. Sometimes it is speculation and should be treated as such.

 
dereksemeraro
Apr 14, 2007
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Yeah. Maybe one out of every 10,000 gamers take it too seriously. But think. Is it their lives that drive them into their games? Saying all games alter your mind is like saying all eggs contain a miscarriage.

 
nimmo
Apr 14, 2007
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You do have a point that if you only get news stories from one source that your perception can be altered, but I feel that is actually not entirely relevant.

I think the point you are arguing is more that if you are too selective in your viewing then things can be distorted, not watching/playing too much. On that point, I must agree with you, however, on the issue here, I cannot agree.

I play a lot of games and watch a reaonable amount of television, although to a much lesser extent as I do not have a TV license at university. I would like to think that my sense of reality is still intact, I know that games like (and I am assuming this example will be done to death, so I apologise in advance) Grand Theft Auto and the like appear to encourage people to do things that are widely agreed not to be the best of things. But in knowing that these are not real and that what is portrayed in these games and other types of media are not the same as real life allows you to enjoy these kinds of things without doing any major damage.

Until recently every single study into whether or not violent video games had a damaging effect found that there was no evidence to support this claim. Although, I do believe that recently one report said it was possible (I do not have details of this report to support this though, I am sorry)

There was also an article on the Yahoo website that suggested that surgeons who played games had better results than those that didn't, but did point out that playing excessive amounts of games can impact on other areas, such as education and social skills. (Which I would like to point out are not your view on reality, but something else)

I guess the point is, that excessively doing anything has an effect, but I do not believe that one of the effects of excessive gaming/television watching is a distorted view on reality.

 
nimmo
Apr 14, 2007
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I cannot accept that, sorry.

If a person is not mentally stable and acts in that way, then it would seem that the video games have not actually done the damage, the damage already exists.

 
brivapor
Apr 15, 2007
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how does one get a sense of realiti? A person makes a picture of realiti bi what thei see and do. If a person does nothing but watch tv and/or plai video games then that persons realiti is being fed bi said games, thus changing the persons perception of realiti. PERIOD!!!

 
nonsondale
Apr 16, 2007
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Those who have either a weak mind like say a 5 year old. Who palys like 8 hours of video games or watches 8 hours of T.V. I could see where you could get such an outcome. But for those who have both a sound mind and body shouldnt be able to easily surcome to Video Games. I play Video games around a good 10+ hours in a span of about a normal work week. Ive seen no changes in my perception of reality. Id make a comment or rebuttle on T.V. but I currently do not have cable... But lets not get off subject... If you have a sound mind. No matter WHAT game you play or WHAT you watch I do believe the masses of the Video Game and T.V. network of people who are on the internet and are reading this now. probably or should obviously know that Video Games dont have an effect on ther perception of reality. Only the Weak minded are effected by such things and I dont think the majority of the American Society are weak minded Acid trip like world type of people.

 
nonsondale
Apr 18, 2007
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No because i really dont think you look at your car at the 3rd person veiw and im pretty sure when your in your car its legal to speed...

Grand Theft Auto = legal to speed cops dont give a crap as long as you dont crash your car into theirs

REAL LIFE = ILLEGAL TO SPEED cops will run your ass down and lay the spike trap stick things.

and honestly i doubt a lot of cars that normal citizens buy NORMAL now... im talking about middle class... can buy a car that actually goes the top speed... Also in Grand Theft Auto you can drift in about ANY car... you try that in real life you'd flip your car theres no logical reason to why you would play GTA and WANT to go drive your car fast you have a 3rd person view in GTA not Real Life. Im PRETTY SURE people have more sense then to play a game that goes fast like Burnout or just...frankly.... ANY RACING GAME and/or game that contains speeding vehicles... and go out and speed down the high way... would you? fully knowing that you would either get picked up by the cops? or ultimatly kill yourself and/or someone else... if you gonna drive like a mad crazy hoped up on crack driver whos also on several kinds of Speeds and drunk... go do drugs, get drunk and drive yourself into a tree... by all means... if you think GTA makes you wanna go fast in Real life live that way...

 


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