Bobo Bang On

24 04 2012

This experiment was done throughout the 1960s, but it has only recently come to my attention. Well, the full details of it anyway.

Alfred Bundura’s ‘Bobo Doll’ experiment had interesting results (well I think anyway). The experiment was set up to and prove what most parents would tell you was true already, and that was ‘monkey see, monkey do’ amongst young children, and in this case of this social experiment, violence promotes violence.

The experiment was simple: have some young children sit in a room watching an adult take out some anger on a ‘bobo doll’, then put the same children in a room with their own ‘bobo doll’ and some toys, and finally, see what the kids do, play or imitate. All the kids let loose on the ‘bobo doll’ like they had just seen.

This should be reason enough for the government to increase the age classifications on violent video games. Combine these with modern life, and violence is all around. I know that in Bundura’s experiment that young children were used, but science tells us now that the average male doesn’t reach full maturity until about the age of nearly thirty (!), and they are the most likely people to play video games of a violent nature. I know that decision making is well and truly developed in most people by that age, but it’s not the point. Just because the person playing the video game might be old enough to understand what is happening on the screen, who’s not to say that younger siblings aren’t watching them play these games? I remember when I had a playstation, that my younger sister used to watch me play quite often.

Also, while still in the developmental stage of life, if one is constantly bombarded with violent types of images on a regular basis, won’t reacting to these types of situations become engrained into one’s mentality? So, someone who plays suggestive video games might stick around and bite back if they get picked on in the play ground at school. This is as opposed to someone who would do the right thing and walk away. I did this quite often at school (the fact that I’m not that big doesn’t help. But it’s not the point).

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