Essay on Media Violence On Children And Young Adults

720 Words Oct 10th, 2015 3 Pages
Studies show that children between the ages of 2 and 18 spend an average of 40 hours per week in direct contact to various forms of media. Out of this period of time, about one third is spent viewing television. The main concern with this issue is the fact that most TV programming (over 60 %) contains high levels of violence, which includes violent images, rapes, killings, and other forms of violence. Numerous findings have shown that those children who are exposed to media violence on a regular basis tend to have an increase in the possibilities of aggressive behavior of their own. Moreover, a reduction on the use of media with violent content has provided proof for a decrease in troubled conduct and aggressive behavior in children and young adults. The reason behind this association of aggressive behavior with media violence relates to the imitation of behavior by children. Repetitive exposure to antisocial conduct or violent imagery leads to the desensitization of children to violence and other similar scenarios. This in turn predisposes them to behave in a way akin to the one being observed and to imitate same. While there has been sufficient evidence presented by the researchers that investigate the effect of the relationship of external influences in an individual’s conduct, these do not always represent typical behavior, nor all those other factors that may be involved in the use of aggression and other antisocial interactions. In order to form a better…

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