Television and Behavior

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Running Head: BEHAVIORAL EFFEECTS OF TELEVISION

Behavioral Effects of Television on Children

Abstract
Does television promote violence and crime among children? If a person really thinks about it, it is not all that uncommon to turn on the news or pick up a newspaper and find out that someone’s face has been slashed or someone has been shot. With the advancement of technology, the television has expanded a lot and now can influence the majority of our society. Many of the senseless violent acts that are committed all over the country are now televised nearly instantly. Acts of violence are committed everyday by various types of people, some even by high school and even elementary school students. This short research paper will describe in greater detail this increase in aggressive behavior in children and teenagers and the link with televised violence.

Television can be a powerful influence in developing values and shaping behavior. Although most people look at television as an entertaining or educational way to spend time, some people think there is too much violence in television and that it is influencing our youth to become aggressive in nature and to tolerate violence. Unfortunately, much of today’s television has violence and therefore is negatively shaping the behaviors of children. Violence in television and video games has gone too far and there have been many studies performed as a result. These studies all point toward three main effects. First, an “immunity” to violence is formed. Second, new behaviors begin to form around new ideals. Finally, children often begin to imitate the violence they observe while watching television. With so much violence in the media, especially the television, children and teenagers begin to develop immunity to it. Another way to put this is saying that children become desensitized to violent behavior. This consequence occurs when children, teenagers, or even adults constantly view violence in...
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