Oh wow, I really love these kinds of questions but I don’t know if I’m the best to be asking these questions lol. I’ll do my best to answer the best of my ability.
Hmm, I’ve never been the one to say that violence really came about from video games, but I’ve always looked at the positive sides of video games. I always viewed video games to influence the creative side and the imagination of the player over some of the other aspects. But that might be the more “pleasant” side of video games. I take video games to be a lesser cousin of movies at this point, at some time we finally have the faith and recognition of movies but we aren’t there yet. We’ve started to see it effecting culture and media, becoming more of a norm to see things about video games (less negative). I’ve been influenced by video games with a bit of a mindset, humor, and just generally how I act. Video games have always been apart of my life and always will be, just like sports for some people and music for others.
I don’t really say I’m less social because I play video games, but it’s more my general personality that does that. I know a few people that play video games are pretty much the life the party and can talk to other people like it’s nothing. The stereotype of a gamer is a kid that sits in his room all day long with the light of his television or computer screen the only thing seen playing video games. I wouldn’t say that I wouldn’t always go to video games over certain activities, but I do kind of use it as my go to. I use it for my escape some times, like others would with other medias that they use to get away from the real world for a few hours, ie movies, music, and books.
Thanks for the question, hopefully this works for you and helps.