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Effects Of Media Violence On Teenagers

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Effects on Media Violence and Young Children and Teenagers Violence and aggression have been seen often in nowadays media through music, commercials, video games, television and movies. Many argue whether the violence in media makes impact on people. Some claim there is no correlation between violence in media and reality. Christopher Ferguson, an associate professor in Psychology at Stetson University said “Basically, by … playing first-person shooter video game … you keep them off the streets and out of trouble”. He also said that “almost all young males play violent video games, and yet the majority are not committing crimes” (Scutti). Although this matter is challenging to be answered definitely, violence and aggression in media…show more content…
Video games aren’t the only source of exposing violence and aggression to young children and teenagers. Television is also a very common source. Over the past 30 years the rate of violence has increased. Back in 1950, only 10% of the household had televisions. However, now more than 90% of household have televisions. In fact, a lot of young adults have televisions in their own room. This give young adults the access to view whatever they desire without having the parental guide. Characters such as heroes appear on television or movies and they save lives. However, these heroes have characteristics such as being strong and violent. Even young children are using terms like “I have to catch the bad guys” when role playing with toy figures. Studies show that children in the United States watch approximately 28 hours of television a week. This is more than the time they spend in school. This leads them to view more than “200,000 acts of violence, including more than 16,000 murders before the age 18” (Beresin). Emmanuel Tanay said “Anything that promotes something can be called propaganda. What we call entertainment is really propaganda for violence. If you manufacture guns, you don’t need to advertise, because it is done by our entertainment industry.” (Kaplan). Perhaps this is the issue in our society. Because there is so much exposure to violence in variety ways of media, one may believe it is safer to own a gun for
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