Essay on Mass Media on Violence

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Our digital-minded world has brought about much change and advancement to our daily lives. There are better, newer video games, televisions, and gaming systems on the market each year. As is such, a concern has been raised within our society as to these games and programs becoming increasingly violent and whether this will lead to heightened violence and aggression by those exposed to such material. Others claim that society has been viewing violent images for decades without problems and that giving individuals the excuse that one could be brainwashed into committing a crime by mass media leaves the door wide open for crimes without fear of consequence. This hotly debated topic has been the muse for much research and study over the…show more content…
would have a much higher associated homicide rate than foreign fights however the opposite was actually the case (Phillips, 1983). While it is impossible to claim that the viewing of mass media in the form of heavyweight boxing gives rise to increased aggression, it is plausible to claim that there is a strong pattern between the two occurrences that, according to this research, has few other explanations (Phillips, 1983). In agreement with the first study, a study by Boxer and colleagues focused on mass media’s effect on those already at risk for violence and anti-social behavior: high school students and juvenile delinquents (Boxer, Huesmann, Bushman, O’Brien, & Moceri, 2009). The research team sought to determine whether an increased number of risk factors would correlate with an increase in violent and anti-social behavior. Participants were asked to report their digital media habits throughout their childhood; which were ranked an a 5 point scale according to amount of visible violence; and they were also asked to provide researchers with information and complete surveys on potential risk factors (Boxer, Huesmann, Bushman, O’Brien, & Moceri, 2009). The researchers identified a risk factor as any characteristic or event that would leave an individual more prone to an act of aggression such as an abusive parent or poor school
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