What makes people shoot at each other voluntarily? What makes them shout like savages while attacking their friends? The answer is paintball bullets and lots of protective gear. In a country struggling with an obesity epidemic, paintball war games sounds like a good activity. It gets people off the couch and into the wilderness, but it may bring out a wildness inside us as well.
Some suggest that this activity is madness and that it produces potentially dangerous gunmen. With various school massacres freshly in mind, this is truly a grim thought. Then there are those who suggest that paintball war games is a safe way of letting off steam. Teens, overloaded with hormones, need this type of activity as an outlet for aggressiveness.
Anyway, have a look yourself. Watch this video from Skirmish Paintball. Then do the following tasks.
Tasks and Activities
- Some suggest that since our lives have become predictable and safe, we need to let the adrenalin and aggressiveness flow in new arenas? Discuss.
- Does this type of activity create future school massacres or does it help people deal with stress and dangerous tension? In other words: does it help you let off steam and thus make you less of a danger to society or does it make you more violent and capable of shooting someone in real life?
- Would you take part in a paintball skirmish?
- Find out how much an American would have to pay to gear up for a paintball skirmish. Make a list of gear and approximate prices.
www.ebay.com may be a good place to start, but there are lots of other suppliers of equipment.
- Study variations in physical activity on this site:
Present your key findings. Pay attention to differences and trends.
- Can you explain any of the variations?
- How do you think it compares to Norway?