Youth And Media Violence

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Media Violence Adolescents and teens made up over ten percent of the U.S. population in 2005, but were responsible for almost thirty percent of the single-offender and about forty percent of multiple-offender violent crimes (Escobar-Chavez). Statistics like these leave people wondering what is going wrong with the youth in America. The youth of today have already received a bad reputation from older generations. There are many suggestions as to why the youth are doing such heinous things. Some say it is lack of respect, violence they are exposed to, or the way they are raised. The violence the youth experience is the one talked about most often. A lack of respect for others and not being raised in a healthy environment can increase the …show more content…
Media violence can be very harmful to a child or adolescent and give them ideas for harmful acts at a time in their life when they are easily persuaded. Television violence being a cause of aggression rather than a repercussion is very telling to the findings by researchers. Rather than aggressive children watching violent shows, the violent shows can create the aggressive children. Not only do the children have a higher chance of being aggressive, but the children can also become less sensitive to others. Compassion is a very important trait for all people and the loss of that can be very harmful to a person’s life. The person may continually be hurtful to people and even ruin relationships with the people around …show more content…
There is no certainty that television violence and video game violence are increasing the chances of people committing violent crimes like assault and murder. It is very difficult to determine if media violence will affect children, because you cannot predict which kid it will affect the most. There are children who are exposed to large amounts of violence and they do not show any signs of aggression in psychology tests, but there are others who do. Dr. Rich Hill says that the general public should not be worried about the hostility from media violence as much as they should be worried with the desensitization because children claim to be more comfortable with violence after seeing it a few times. Hill used the example of sexting to compare media violence. Sexting was a big scare for people and eventually started to decline after a few years. The teens finally realized that it gets the in trouble and it can be hurtful to people. Teens and adolescents who care about their society are learning not to do these things and are maturing (Miller). Advocates for media violence are trying to reduce the media violence at a very broad spectrum, rather than work with the individual. It cannot be reduced at a high level unless the children understand that it is harmful to

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