Media Violence And Stereotypes

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Children who are exposed to various types of violence from a young age are more likely to initiate and behave aggressively towards others. Kids may also take part in aggressive behavior if they feel they identify themselves with hostile characters in the media. A study conducted on youth investigated the relationship between prolonged displays towards media violence and identification with fictional characters (Mrug, Madan, Cook, & Wright, 2015). The results concluded that with increased exposure to high-action movie scenes, there was a greater identification with the fictional characters presented. A 1999 school shooting, at Columbine High School in Colorado, involved two teenage boys whose lives revolved around the obsession of violent imagery
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