“National Institute of Mental Health concludes TV violence contributes to increased aggression in youth” (Christina L. Lyons). Violence in children 's media have been increasing dramatically lately as violent acts and crimes increase as well. Most people think that violence in media does not affect children 's lives and the way they interact with others. People believe violent media has no impact in children 's health. But in fact, violent media make violence seem so normal that children start feeling satisfaction when violent acts are being committed. Steven J. Kirsh states “ individuals use TV, movies, video games and other forms of media to have rewarding experiences...violent entertainment must somehow provide fulfillment for children
Violence has been on movies since the beginning of the film industry. Violence in movies has been increasing over the years. A normal average american watches about five hours of video each day;which equals out to 98% of people watching traditional television. That is nearly two thirds of TV programs containing crimes and violence. Even video games for children now have violence and harsh crimes in them. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics during 2001 and 2010 the violent crime rates went down by 40%. In 2011 the violent crime rate increased from 22.6 victims per 1,000 persons aging 12 and older to 26.1 in 2012. These statistics of the violent crimes are for rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault.
Aside from the reducing rates of violent crimes, adolescents and young adults in the United States experience over 6 million crimes annually (US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001). As the previous statement seems to be contradictory, it is found through research that the media plays one of the largest contributions to this annual crime rate. This is interesting that the rate is reducing; yet the annual crime is so large. According to sources, Screen-based media violence, such as television, movies, the Internet, and video games, is the most dominant and common to influence adolescents. As this is very plausible due to the fact of how influential adolescents are at that age and that their main source of the news is TV or video games. Some of the projected mechanisms of influence are similar to those believed to be active in exposure to community violence. These are much like the evidence and reinforcement of violent actions. Desensitization to real-life consequences of violence along with increased pro-violent attitudes, and the modifications in cognitive processing (Huesmann & Malamuth, 1986; Rule & Ferguson, 1986; Cantor, 2000; Strasburger & Wilson, 2002; Funk, 2003). The demonstration and reinforcement of violent actions through the media is placed when a child watches a television show that has the main character shot numerous times and never dies. Not only that, but he can kill as many people as he pleases for a “good purpose”, and somehow manage to live the “happily ever after” ending. This is altering the perception of the real-life consequences of violence and causes adolescents to perceive that behavior as acceptable.
Media Violence and its negative impact has been discussed and debated for many years As children grow into teens they encounter as vast amount of violence in the media, negatively impacting today’s youth. Teenagers who are exposed to media violence will fail to develop effective socialization strategies and resort more readily to violence, which makes society a more dangerous place.
Mrs. Sundberg and Mr. Hurley
English 10-Period 2
31 March 2014
By the time a child reaches the age of one, they see about 200,000 acts of violence on television. (Nakaya, 3). The Media has been becoming more and more violent over the years. A poll in an issue of Times Magazine, from 2005, showed that 66 percent of Americans think that there is an abundant amount of graphic acts of violence on televisions (Nakaya, 18).
Recently, the effect that violent media has on society has been the focus of many psychological studies. According to an article published in the New York Times, research has found that: “Exposure to violent imagery does not preordain violence, but it is a risk factor” (Pozios, Kambam, Bender, 2013). There has yet to be a direct link between violence actually causing people to go on these massive shooting sprees that have been so common lately. It is natural and understandable for the
Today, most people do not really care about the right things for their society such as environmental problems or how to improve healthcare system, social programs, and human rights. Instead, they spend most of their time to focus on and discuss about the wrong things such as crime and war around them. Therefore, people become extremely fearful and mistrust toward society. In the 2002 movie, Bowling for Columbine, filmmaker Michael Moore argues that gun violence is caused by the culture of fear that is fed by media by providing examples and reasons that violence has been flourished in America more than any other countries. In today’s society, American people worry too much about the wrong things and not enough about the right things due to TV news programs, TV talk shows, and how media focuses on showing the image of “bad guy” or villains based on race.
Television violence, and media violence in general, has been a controversial topic for several years. The argument is whether young children are brainwashed into committing violent real-world crimes because of violent and pugnacious behavior exposed in mass media. In his article “No Real Evidence for TV Violence Causing Real Violence”, Jonathan Freedman, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and author of “Media Violence and Its Effect on Aggression: Assessing the Scientific Evidence”, discusses how television violence, claimed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), does not cause real-world aggression among adolescents. The FCC determined to restrict violent television programming to late night hours only because their “scientific research” proves of increasing aggression among young viewers (Freedman Par. 2). Freedman goes on to explain that the FCC has no substantial scientific evidence stating that there is a correlation between fictional violence and real-world aggression among young audiences. He has completed research in 1984 and 2002 on the relationship between media violence to actual acts of violence on the street. Because he has completed research projects related to this topic, Freedman’s statistical evidence shows that there is a reduction in youth violence and it essentially does not cause real-world crimes (Freedman Par. 1). The FCC continues to claim that exposure to media violence does in fact increase aggression, and yet their readers continue to believe their fabrications. Freedman argues that people who research media violence tend to disregard and omit the opposing facts. No one type of violence is more effective on aggression than another type. There is no evidence showi...
One of the first steps to changing our gun culture is to take gun violence out of the media. Kids are exposed to violence in television, video games and movies everyday. Dr Norman B Anderson of the American Psychological Association says there was a link between Adam Lanza’s (the gunman of the Sandy Hook shooting) violent video game obsession and his killing spree that cost far too many innocent lives. A study done at Brock University showed children and teens who played violent video games over a long period of time showed increased development of aggressive behaviors. This goes without saying that there must be a decrease of violence in the media. The kids watching violence on television are the future of society. They cannot all be aggressive, violent people who believe that shooting civilians is okay or stealing cars is something to take lightly. We must change this by
Violent media is a prominent part of America's culture. America is the home of dozens of multimillion dollar industries that specialize in making violent media. This media usually has a rating label on it, categorizing it as being made for children or adults. The purpose of this is to protect children from the disturbing and/or violent scenes depicted in the media. Yet, millions of children under the age of 17 still have free access to violent media. However, it does not negatively affect the children experiencing the media.