The Hidden Danger: Violence Within The Media. Imagine You

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The Hidden Danger: Violence Within the Media Imagine you are fast asleep and dreaming. In your dream, you are surrounded by violence everywhere and cannot seem to avoid it no matter where you run. You awaken and ask yourself, was that a dream? You suddenly realize that this wasn 't a dream, but everyday life. Whenever a person flips on the television, scrolls through a social media network, or just listens to the radio, it seems one cannot avoid being exposed to some sort of violent material. However, this may actually harm the psychological well-being of some individuals and provoke violent behaviors in future situations. Although there have been many studies proving otherwise, some critics claim that there is no definitive link between…show more content…
Although some critics claim that there is no correlation between violent video games and violence in human behavior, there is a general consensus among most human behavior researchers, "playing violent video games does actually increase violent and aggressive behaviors" (Carnagey & Anderson, 2005). The evidence is clear, playing violent video games does influence future behaviors of individuals, especially children. Violence on TV Violent video games aren 't the only media source to blame for increases in aggression and violence. Viewing violent television programs are also causing increased violence and aggressive behaviors as well. Clinical psychologist Brenda J. Wilson (2008), openly states that, "children spend most of their social lives in front of a TV screen or other media source." This is affecting many different psychological aspects for those children (Wilson, 2008). According to psychologists Robert Sege & William Dietz (1994), "violence on TV is frequent, inconsequential, effective and often rewarded"(Dietz & Sege, 1994). There have been numerous studies monitoring the effects of viewing violent television shows on children 's behavior. In fact, one study, developed by researchers Chris J. Boyatzis & Gina M. Matillo(1995), demonstrated that viewing "The Mighty Morphin
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