Media Violence and the Effects on Youth Essays

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Media Violence and the Effects on Youth
“The more children see of violence, the more numb they are to the deadly consequences of violence. Now, video games like ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Killer Instinct,’ and ‘Doom,’ the very game played obsessively by the two young men who ended so many lives in Littleton, make our children more active participants in simulated violence” (“Quotes: Media Violence”). These are the words of former President Bill Clinton, just days after the tragic Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. The shooters, seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, aged 18 and 17 respectively, murdered 13 people and seriously injured 23 others before turning their guns on themselves (Anderson and Bushman 353). They were both
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For example, in a study of almost 32,000 teenagers from eight different countries, it revealed that teens with heavy television- viewing were linked with bullying (“Media Violence”). Also, a study of 130,296 participants, found that higher levels of aggressive behavior were considerably related to exposure to violent video games (Anderson et. al 160). Routine exposure to media violence in the middle of childhood is known to predict increased aggressiveness later on. In a study of children, when both boys and girls watched more television violence, there was found to be increasing rates of aggression in the children. In a follow-up of the same children 15 years later, it was found that those children who habitually watched more television violence in their middle childhood years grew up to be more aggressive young adults (Huesmann and Taylor 397, 398). Again, a study by Professor Leonard Eron, interviewed 875 third-graders in 1960. In 1970, ten years later, he was able to find 427 of the original children and interviewed them. And again in 1981, he located 409 of the original group and also interviewed them. After the third meeting, Professor Leonard Eron found that excessive viewing of television violence in children is a cause of increased aggression (Berger 66). Many people believe that media violence affects adults, teenagers, and children the same way, and that it has

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