We live in a society where violence is meticulously and silently engraining in our daily lives. As time progresses, the entertaining media that children and adolescents have access to everyday such as movies, commercials, TV shows, children’s cartoons, video games, toys, etc. become more and more violent. Media violence negatively affects the behavior of those exposed to it, especially children and teenagers who experience violent media on an everyday basis. With the new generations being born and raised in a society where violence is widely accepted and expressed, children are showing violent behavior in earlier stages of life, which often begins with verbal threats or minor incidents, but over time it can involve physical harm. Violent behavior is very damaging, both physically and emotionally and includes physical, verbal, or sexual abuse.
It has been researched and concluded media violence has not just increased in quantity; it has also become more graphic, sexual, and sadistic ("Media violence: facts," 2005).With every action comes a reaction and with this explosion of violent charged content, it can be automatically concluded that there are dangerous repercussions to opening the door to violence, starting with children and youth.
» By the time the average child is eighteen years old, they will have witnessed 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders("Media violence: facts," 2005).
It is very common for children to have superheroes, or some kind of aggressive male as role models in every culture. Violent acts presented regularly directly or indirectly (via television, commercials, etc) by an infant can be crucial in their perception of reality. “Almost half (44%) of both boys and girls reported a strong overlap between what they perceive as reality and what they see on the screen” ("Media violence: facts," 2005). As developing children it is hard to distinguish what is reality to what is fantasy and not real, usually the media presents violence as acts of cruelty that have minimal, if any, immediate repercussions to its doers. This is embedded in the child’s head and it is made-belief in his or her reality that violence is a normative way of resolving conflict in real life with no real punishment or persecutions. Unfortunately this case scenario is far too common than not in today’s society and thus, a more hostile environment is being produced. For many children of newer generations who experience violence not only in their television set but also at home, among siblings, parents, etc. violence seems like a rational and natural way of arguing, whereas a child who does not experience violence first hand but that is exposed to it by means of television still respond to it as invigorating.
When there is an extreme correlation with violence, a person, but especially children in this case experience violence desensitization. It is suggested by several experts in the subject that when one has been exposed to violence in the past, usually people become “desensitized” by creating, witnessing, or hearing about acts of violence. This phenomenon causes the person’s feelings of guilt and consciousness to numb. “It would be the hypothesis of the present authors that prolonged exposure to violence stimuli as depicted on television and in the movies, not necessarily coupled with relaxation and counterconditioning, reliably produces desensitization, with standard psychophysiological instruments being used to measure arousal/nonarousal to a standard violence stimulus” (Cline, Croft, & Courrier, 1973). In a test done to boys in order to find the correlation between violent television exposure and response to violence, it was found that those with low television exposure responded emotionally more aroused than those who were highly exposed to television. Proving once again that violence in movies, television shows, video games, etc. although might look in defense at...