Mass Shooting At Sandy Hook Elementary School Essay

1033 Words Jan 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Violence in the Media The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut once again opened up the debate of a potential correlation between violence in the media and real life shootings.
Following the event, President Obama asked for a ten million dollar study on the effects that violent media has on our youth. Some politicians, such as Representative Jim Matheson of Utah, believe that laws should be passed to ban the sale of violent media such as video games to minors (Sasso). It is estimated that children in our country between the ages of eight and eighteen spend more than six hours a day using entertainment media such as music, television, and video games. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, desensitization to violence, fear, depression, nightmares, and sleep disturbances” (Media). Clearly violence in music, television, and video games have a negative influence on today’s youth and on society.
Listening to music is a favorite pastime for many teenagers in today’s society. “Music’s importance to youth can be measured by the amount of time they spend listening to it. One sample of Southeastern junior high school students spent an average of three hours per day listening to music and over four hours watching television” (Christenson). Many researchers are…

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