Media Violence And Real Violence

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The issue of whether media violence can result in real violence has been a topic of heated debate. The increasing release of violent films and games and the raising reports of violent crimes force people to face the problem. It is an significant issue because it concerns not only criminal rate, but also adolescent education. Various demonstrations have been put forward with respect to this issue. It is the contention of this essay that there is no essential connection between media violence and real violence by focusing on three main points. Firstly, media violence can benefit people from helping them to manage the pain. Besides, the effect of aggression caused by violent media is finite and only few people will imitate what shows in media. …show more content…
Pozios, Kambam and Bender (2013) contend that aggression is related to media violence. They assert that violent scenes may increase aggressive behaviour to a certain extent in both short term and long term. Excessive exposure of violence in the media, according to this argument, is the cause of defiant behaviours, which is likely to turn into fights and even worse, killings. However, as demonstrated by Brown (1996), media violence is only one of numerous reasons that may cause actual violence. It is stated that inborn aggression, influence of family and being a male can also increase the risk of exerting violence. Brown (1996) further explains that the effect of media violence and aggression is commutative. As a consequence of this, It is not only watching violent media causes aggression. More often, aggressive people choose to watch violence. In addition, as for children, the effect of video games have on mind and action is under 0.5% (Barclay 2014, p. 6). With regard to adults, the impact will be even less. This clearly shows that violent image is not the main cause of real violence. Therefore, people watch violent media and therefore being aggressive cannot prove that media violence will lead to actual …show more content…
It is the contention of Pozios, Kambam and Bender (2013) that people are likely to imitate the actions they watch. It is further explained by MediaSmarts (2015) that some players, especially children, tend to take the violence they watch as a heroic behaviour and they believe that using violence is an appropriate way of solving problems. Nonetheless, the censorship of media and the supervision of parents should be capable to ensure that children will not watch violent videos or play violent games that is not suitable for them (MediaSmarts 2015). In fact, with the maturity of children 's mentality, they shall not imitate the violent behaviour when they grow up. Moreover, Kaplan (2012) illustrates that actual violence tends to happen more often in psychopaths. It is clear that a healthy person will not kill others simply because he watches violent media. As stated above, imitation is not an appropriate reason for people to exert

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