Researchers followed 329 subjects over 15 years. They found that those who as children were exposed to violent TV shows were much more likely to later be convicted of crime. Researchers said that, "Media violence can affect any child from any family," regardless of social class or parenting.
Girls who watched more than an average amount of violence tended to throw things at their husbands. Boys who grew up watching violent TV shows were more likely to be violent with their wives.
Researchers concluded in Developmental Psychology that, "Every violent TV show increases a little-bit the likelihood of a child growing up to behave more aggressively."
A number of studies done in the United States and Canada have shown a positive relationship between early exposure to TV violence and physical aggressiveness in later life.
Even so, a clear cause-effect relationship is complicated by the fact that children are typically exposed to many stimuli as they grow up, many of which could play a role in later behavior.
For example, during a child's life we can't discount the role of such things as violent video games, the social values of parents and peers, or general living conditions.
If you eat something that you have not tried before and immediately get sick, you will probably assume there's a direct relationship between the two.
And if at some later date you forget about your first experience and eat the same thing again, and immediately get sick again, you can be fairly sure that whatever you ate makes you sick.
No rocket science here, just clear cause and effect.
Unfortunately, the cause and effect in many other areas of life are not as readily apparent.
A few decades ago you would see doctors in TV commercials endorsing a particular brand of cigarettes. And many medical doctors smoked.
Today the evidence is clear: smoking is the number one cause of preventable heath problems and premature... [continues]
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