October 28, 2004
Violent Media Images and Video Games Results In Violent Behavior
Can violent media images and video games result in violent behavior? The answer is yes. For a few decades now hundreds of researchers have take time to research the relationship of media images and video games to violent behavior in children. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss why media images and video games result in violent behavior in children. This paper will also provide some important factors that adults should know about media images and video game violence. It has been researched that media images and video games can be harmful and damaging to children's minds. Most children watch 21-23 hours of television per week (Media Violence 1). Within the 21-23 hours of watching TV a week children are looking at 3-5 violent acts per hour (Media Violence 1). "By the age of 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts of violence on television alone" (American Academy). Now imagine being a child and watching 200,000 acts of violence, and not being able tell the difference between real life and fantasy. There are many media images and video games that seem real to young children. Not only are these children confused but they are being traumatized by viewing these images. Media images and video games affect children in many ways. One of the first signs that children begin to depict is aggressiveness. Children begin to portray the acts of violence that they have observed from watching media images and video games on their friends, which then leads to physical arguments. The second affect that media images and video games have on children is that children feel an addiction of wanting to see more media images or video games of violence because they find it cool or the way of life. I am a true believer that media and video game violence has a great affect on children. There have been real life examples that...
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