Violence In The Media Essay

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In today’s society, it is common to see that the most popular and sensationalized information is violence. However, media violence can have many appalling effects. The prevalence of violence in media leads to society’s desensitization and acceptance of violence, along with a strong correlation of increased aggression with prolonged exposure. Desensitization of a society begins with the bombardment of information that alters a sense of reality. Today, media is more readily accessible than ever before due to the advancements in technology. Children’s exposure to violence is also growing not only due to new technology, but due to the increasing levels of violence and the decreasing levels of warning in television. In the past, many parents depended…show more content…
When children watch violent actions they develop aggressive behavior which they carry with them to adulthood. The aggressive behavior that is present in adulthood can manifest into other violent actions such as criminal actions. Video games are also linked to the development of aggression due to their highly interactive nature. This was identified by the American Psychology Association in a study conducted by Craig A. Anderson who stated, “the evidence strongly suggests that exposure to violent video games is a causal risk factor for increased aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition, and aggressive affect and for decreased empathy and prosocial behavior.” Video games that include violent content can lead to the same risks that violent television presents, that being desensitization to violence, acceptance of violence, and development of aggression.
Violence is apart of society, however, when violence becomes commonplace it can lead to the eventual downfall of that society. The consequences of a society’s obsession with media violence can influence certain behaviors that promote a desensitized state, and an acceptance of violent actions. The most troubling consequence is a strong correlation to violence viewership and acts of
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