Violence in the media has always been a problem. The earliest form of violence in entertainment took place way before television and video games; one has to look back to ancient Rome. As many as 50,000 Romans would gather in the coliseum, to watch gladiator fights mock naval battles, and wild animal hunts. Usually, the participants were slaves, prisoners, and volunteers. Spectators would watch and cheer during these gruesome fights, while up to 10,000 people would die.
Now Centuries later spectators no longer watch deadly fight in the coliseum; however, we are still exposed to graphic violence from television, video games, and other media outlets. One has to wonder how this exposure to violence changes human behavior. In 1982, The American Psychological Association conducted a study about the effects of media violence. The fifteen year long study tested childhood exposure to media violence on numerous girls and boys who are now men and women. This study has shown that the boys that are now men are more likely to push, grab, or shove their spouses. They are also more likely to be in jail for an aggressive crime. This study has also shown that the girl that are now women in their mid-twenties... [continues]
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