Most people in our society generally have the opinion that violence on television increases aggression in children and adolescents. Does it ? Who is to say whether television has a positively direct effect or a positive correlation ? However, the majority of the people who have researched this topic have discovered that violence on television is indeed one of the prime factors contributing to the increase in violent and aggressive behavior among the youth in society. That is to say "there has been a growth of strong evidence to suggest that television violence does play an important and contributory part in the learning of aggression." In other words, violence in the media helps promote and encourage children and adolescents to freely express their abusive behavior. As a result, the topic of my essay will help support the issue that violence in the media causes abusive behavior in youths. Furthermore, I will emphasize if their are any differences in aggressive behavior between the genders. By nature when babies first begin to learn, they do so by imitating other people's behaviors. That is to say, "children are born ready to imitate adult behavior" because "much of human behavior is learned by observing another person's behavior and, in some cases, imitating it." One of the first imitation of a newborn baby is the imitation of adults' facial movements. For example, in the book Infant and Child, by Judith Rich Harris and Robert M. Liebert, "it shows a baby girl only six days old sticking out her tongue in imitation of her mother's actions." This clearly shows that from the moment a child is born, he or she is already learning from observing. Therefore, as the child grows up and starts watching television, the child can not distinguish between what is reality and what is fantasy. "In the minds of young children, television is a source of entirely factual information regarding how the world works." For instance, as a child
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