There are so many upsetting/troubling/idiotic/unsubstantiated/baffling things about this proposition, I don’t even know where to start. So get this: Author, ex-Army Ranger, and well-known anti-violent video game advocate, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, is currently touring the country and urging school officials to impose a 10-day “detox” period where students would not be allowed to play video games or watch TV, Game Politics reports. Apparently, this regimen holds the key to preventing our society from becoming even more “unhinged” and our world from becoming more “unglued.”
To illustrate his point, Grossman cited an “FBI consultant’s study of 19 juvenile mass murderers that found violent video games were the only thing the teens had in common.” Really? That’s the only thing they had in common? How about the fact they were all involved in juvenile mass murders? Ah, so they actually have two things in common. Video games and murders…and they are all human beings. Three! The three things they have in common are video games, murders and the fact that they are humans, and their almost fanatical devotion to the Pope. Four!...You see my point. Either it's the most incomplete study ever, or someone didn't record the data correctly.
However, the best part about this whole thing though is the 10-day time limit. Who the hell decided on that? And if violent video games and TV are single-handedly tearing away the fabric our world (just like rock music, books, art, science, and everything else that has been accused of this very same thing over the centuries), don’t you think you might want to ban them completely? I mean, what happens when that week and a half is up? Can those 10 days be spread out over a month, a year, 10 years? Even if that's allowed, what happens after that 10th day?
Even better though is that Grossman mentions that a school in Michigan tried out his brilliant approach to save us all, and during that week, apparently bullying decreased, while attendance and test scores increased. Sounds great, except there's absolutely zero mention of the dozens upon dozens of factors that surely contributed to these occurrences. Instead, Grossman singled out video games and TV and left it at that, because, well, that’s what you do when you want to prove an insane point based on the shoddiest data imaginable.
Like I said, this program is pretty mind boggling in its absurdity. You can tell it’s ridiculous because as soon as you start to think about what it’s proposing and implying, your brain starts to hurt and then it falls out of your head. Excuse me while I retrieve mine.
Anyone here want to test out this guy’s theory? Don’t play violent video games or watch TV for the next 10 days, and then let me know how profoundly different you are afterwards.