Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/opinion/sunday/does-media-violence-lead-to-the-real-thing.html?_r=0  

This article reminds me of my two male younger cousins who are obsessed with violent video games, karate and kung fu movies, ect. Watching them through the years…. you could tell that they try to live up to what they have learned on the television or through the internet. At a young age, you would expect boys to fight, try to act like their hero in the movies, try all of these new stunts on each other; but then it could turn into something more then just child-play. I agree with what Jim Carrey says in this article, that media violence can be the trigger to much of the violence that our kids are inflicting or experiencing. Whereas, the executive producer of the movie Kick-Ass 2 says he has “never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more boy wizards in real life.” 

There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior — a link found by many scholars to be on par with the correlation of exposure to secondhand smoke and the risk of lung cancer. In a meta-analysis of 217 studies published between 1957 and 1990, the psychologists George Comstock and Haejung Paikfound that the short-term effect of exposure to media violence on actual physical violence against a person was moderate to large in strength.

Mr. Comstock and Ms. Paik also conducted a meta-analysis of studies that looked at the correlation between habitual viewing of violent media and aggressive behavior at a point in time. They found 200 studies showing a moderate, positive relationship between watching television violence and physical aggression against another person.

Parents should be able to dictate which games and movies their kids could watch especially at a certain age when their brains are like sponges and absorb everything. 

 

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