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Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?

 
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Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
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05/30/2013 11:34 PM
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
YES
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My experience is no. I have been playing video games for 22 years it hasn't affected my empathy. It has however fine-tuned my reflexes.
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05/30/2013 11:35 PM
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It's like cancer I tell ya.
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I worry abou wht kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic wfectorld. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
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there is no doubt some impressions might leave a change in the subconscious, and this poses even deeper questions, like what impressions effect who. ability to control the masses by using these impressions.
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
When a human being is no longer seen as a human being,
there is your resulting lack of conscious and empathy.
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James 3:6-9

And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.

But no man can tame the tongue. [It is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
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When a human being is no longer seen as a human being,
there is your resulting lack of conscious and empathy.
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That makes sense.
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05/30/2013 11:38 PM
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does empathy even exist in a technological world? only when an individual removes themselves from technological trappings do they understand what it is to feel another individual
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I worry abou wht kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic wfectorld. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


there is no doubt some impressions might leave a change in the subconscious, and this poses even deeper questions, like what impressions effect who. ability to control the masses by using these impressions.
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i think there making many war video games right now for the pure fact that , the military services need people, and people playing the games will go oh " i want to do that " and so they make that first step and start researching, the army made there own FPS for that purpose of recruitment.
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
Violence and bad behaviours promote by TV and cinema did the job pretty well
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the internet is one big mistake
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Violence and bad behaviours promote by TV and cinema did the job pretty well
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aren't all the cop shows annoying? I don't know whats worse the over abundance of cops shows or reality shows, tv at least had some educational four years ago, aint nothing but BS now, if parents where smart they keep there kids far away from the tube or flatty
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the internet is one big mistake
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No it is a double edge sword, along with many other, humanity is just to infantile.
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My experience is no. I have been playing video games for 22 years it hasn't affected my empathy. It has however fine-tuned my reflexes.
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Like this guy says, My empathy is still fully functional, though I would say that perhaps the 'Shock and Awe' factor of some more grizzly aspects of life has been softened by what I have seen on the nets.

Most people are quite capable of understanding that internet play and real life are two very different things even though they overlap.


It's not seeing the blood and guts that make you hurl anyway, it's the smell....
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Thread: The matrix of the analogue and digital world explained in simple terms.
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I bet people in the 20th centuary were wondering the same thing about their kids.


"These kids are inside way too much and not playing outside!"


It's rare to find kids playing outside these days, especially in upper middle class and rich neighborhoods.
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My experience is no. I have been playing video games for 22 years it hasn't affected my empathy. It has however fine-tuned my reflexes.
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^^^ The insane do not know they are insane.
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I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
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Being an INTJ/p like myself kills empathy....
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I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


Being an INTJ/p like myself kills empathy....
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But no video games only harm weak minded individuals on a mental basis. Now you being from japan (ip based) and me being a 22 year old Otaku from america...I will gladly say Japanime kills/gives my/me emotions Way more so than Shittieo games do now adays... I being a hard core gamer in the 1990's and early 2000's find gaming today to be fucking pathetic and consumer based. PC ONLY now....
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
The internet should now be considered a full on social experience. There should be terms and conditions on every website.

It's hardening to hear the profane and violent language used day after day.

We don't pull up to a drive thru and say...gimme a fckn burger. That statement will get you a snot filled burger.

Why should we accept less on the internet than in human to human contact?

No one is infringing on free speech. Expletives can be replaced with more respectable words.

I'm just not into this vulgarity that is in abundance everywhere. It's dehumanizing and yes...it does cheapen life.
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
children who have no structure will interpret things wrongly, the same is true for a multitude of different reasons.
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My experience is no. I have been playing video games for 22 years it hasn't affected my empathy. It has however fine-tuned my reflexes.
 Quoting: LeoVonFrost


^^^ The insane do not know they are insane.
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I helped an old man across a busy street the other day and then I tied his shoes. That is just one way my empathy is completely unchallenged every day of my life. Anyone who posits that they know who they are obviously isn't investigating with all the information ;-)
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Re: Do the internet and video-games, etc. kill empathy?
I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


I have played violent video games my entire life, probably more than most, and it definitely has not killed my empathy.
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I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


What do those activities you listed have to do with empathy though?

huh

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I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
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They sure don't nurture it.....
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My computer is funnier than anyone i've ever met. so, no it doesnt create empathy.
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I worry about kids who have only grown up knowing this electronic world. Kids who have never gutted a fish or built a model airplane by hand, or played with a real doll house.

Showing my age I guess, but the Internets is a cold heartless place. Does it make a cold heartless generation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


What do those activities you listed have to do with empathy though?

huh
 Quoting: ANHEDONIC


My point exactly. I am sure many of us here behave the same way as we would behave if we were face to face. I don't go around insulting people on the net because they can't get back at me. The internet is just a tool to stay connected.
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I remember that day me and my friends were playing with our bb guns, we found a rabbit and cornered it in a pipe, shot it in the head, then took it to the woods, half alive bleeding puss from the head, climbed to the top of a tree, and threw it down from 30 feet for fun, he did, not me, yea, so much for empathy. I felt sorry for the rabbit but what you gonna do, we learnt mortality at an early age, for better or worse.
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Only when you trivialize the death of innocent human beings. IMO.

Say for example, the sickos in my middle school class ranting and raving about the latest Faces of Death film.
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No bad drivers on the road kill empathy!
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My experience is no. I have been playing video games for 22 years it hasn't affected my empathy. It has however fine-tuned my reflexes.
 Quoting: LeoVonFrost


^^^ The insane do not know they are insane.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23766809


I helped an old man across a busy street the other day and then I tied his shoes. That is just one way my empathy is completely unchallenged every day of my life. Anyone who posits that they know who they are obviously isn't investigating with all the information ;-)
 Quoting: LeoVonFrost


^^^ Psychopaths often emulate the emotional behavior of the people arround them in order to "blend in". Under the facade though, beats the heart of an emotionless killing machine.

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