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Act of love more offensive than severed human heads, reports poll

Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents. In a poll on parent-oriented gaming site What They Play, respondents were asked to pick from a choice of four what they found the most offensive in a video game.

The four choices offered were: a graphically severed human head; a man and a woman having sex; multiple use of the F-word; or two men kissing.

Perhaps as a strange demonstration of social values, those who voted in the poll reported that sexual matters of any sort were more offensive than explicit violence or profanity. The leading pick as the most offensive act in video game was “a man and woman having sex” at 37 percent. Off second place with 27 percent was “two men kissing.”

Next in second last place with 26 percent was the anti-violence answer of “a graphically severed human head.” In a distant fourth was “multiple use of the F-word.”

Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence.

Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’

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Basic Human Impulse
By mikefarinha on 4/14/2008 12:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why people find this concept so hard to understand.

Parents try to protect their kids from sexual content because it is such a powerful instinctive drive in human nature, violence isn't.

Good parents want their kids to focus on self-development and improvement, not procreation. Once a person procreates their responsibilities shift from self-development to child rearing and familial support.

The basic development of an individual in our culture is to first gain skills that will prove useful to society, then reap the benefits of exploiting those skills to start and support a family. It is much harder to gain skills after starting a family.

It is also much more common to become a sex addict than a serial killer.

In most people violence doesn't have this level of instinctive drive. Most people aren't driven to random acts of violence, only the seriously disturbed are.

But I do agree that the more exposure to violence the more people will be desensitized and able to justify in their minds reasons to commit random acts of violence. But the fact that our culture's fundamental values are based on Christian values(like it or not) means that as a whole we are a more passive and forgiving society, and less prone to violence despite our exposure.

I think we as a society should reduce our self-exposure to both, but I think sexual content has a greater negative impact on a decent culture than violence.

Also think about this, how often is violence instigated by sexual desires?

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