violence on tv Essay

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Violence on TV

     Violence is described in Webster’s dictionary as physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing. Violence on TV has been steadily increasing for the past few years. It’s not very often that you will find a TV show in prime time that doesn’t involve some type of violence. According to Hollywood sex and violence sells. The problem with this is that violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch those programs.
As adults we think that watching TV won’t effect us since we are older, but for younger children when they see someone die or get beat up they think it is cool. Children are very easy to mold into what you want,
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There were twice as many violent scenes in entertainment shows in 2001 as there were four years earlier, according to the Broadcasting Standards Commission. More violence is shown before 9:00 than when most younger children are asleep. There was an average of 5.2 violent scenes per hour on American TV in 2001, compared with 4.1 in 1998, the report said. During Prime time shows, the average amount of violent scenes went up from 1.9 to 3.7 per hour in 2000. This is a huge increase and something needs to be done about it. Television show producers need to understand that children are to easily influenced by the images they see. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, extensive viewing of television violence by children causes greater aggressiveness. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness.
     The show on television that has produced the most violent acts is wrestling. There have been countless accounts of kids hurting each other after watching wrestling. Professional wrestling has even influence entire underground scene of backyard wrestling. For example a study was done by