Does Watching Violence on Television Make People More Violent?

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Does watching violence on television make people more violent? PSY 496

November 12, 2012

I.Does watching violence on television make people more violent? Thesis Statement
II.The purpose of this paper is to reflect on how television violence causes people to become desensitized to real world violence and how it causes people to use aggressive behavior. Introduction

A.Younger children are still developing their cognitive ability to distinguish between dream and reality. As a result, nursery and school-age children are more responsive to the special effects of media violence than youngsters. (Simmons, Stalsworth, Wentzel, 1999.) B.Watching a lot of violent television can "desensitize" children to real violence and affect them as adults. (Simmons, Stalsworth, Wentzel, 1999.) C.Becoming desensitized to violence can lower inhibitions against violence and make being aggressive a "legitimate response to particular situations." However, watching a lot of violent TV can also convince viewers that the world is more dangerous than it really is and makes them "more passive, more anxious and more fearful" as adults. (LESLIE,2007.) D.Violent themes, materials, and images in television lead to higher levels of aggression in children and adults. “There have been studies which have indicated that, like viewing violence on the television, playing violent video games increases aggressive behavior. When a child plays a violent video game, he or she is more likely to behave aggressively, more so than when the child is passively watching violent television programs.” (Anderson, Dill, 2012.) III.Review of the Literature

A.What are Aggressive Behaviors? Aggressive behavior is when a person is unpredictable, is impulsive with their behavior and acts out in violent, angry and harmful actions. Aggressive behavior can be physical or verbal. Aggressive behavior leads children and adults to lash out by hitting, pushing, kicking, pulling, hurting, and biting. (Gardner,...
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