Violence on TV
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Violence on TV
What has the world come to these days?
It often seems like everywhere one looks, violence rears its ugly head.
We see it in the streets, back alleys, school, and even at home. The last
of these is a major source of violence. In many peoples' living rooms there
sits an outlet for violence that often goes unnoticed. It is the television,
and the children who view it are often pulled into its realistic world
of violence scenes with sometimes devastating results.
Much research has gone into showing why
children are so mesmerized by this big glowing box and the action that
takes place within it. Research shows that it is definitely a major source
of violent behavior in children. The research proves time and time again
that aggression and television viewing do go hand in hand.
The truth about television violence and
children has been shown. Some are trying to fight this problem. Others
are ignoring it and hoping it will go away. Still others don't even seem
to care. However, the facts are undeniable. The studies have been carried
out and all the results point to one conclusion: Television violence causes
children to be violent and the effects can be life-long.
The information can't be ignored. Violent
television viewing does affect children. The effects have been seen in
a number of cases. In New York, a 16-year-old boy broke into a cellar.
When the police caught him and asked him why he was wearing gloves he replied
that he had learned to do so to not leave fingerprints and that he discovered
this on television. In Alabama, a nine-year-old boy received a bad report
card from his teacher. He suggested sending the teacher poisoned candy
as revenge as he had seen on television the night before. In California,
a seven-year-old boy sprinkled ground-up glass into the the lamb stew the
family was to eat for dinner. When asked why he did it he replied that
he wanted to see if the results would be the same in real life as they
were on television (Howe 72). These are certainly startling examples of
how television can affect the child. It must be pointed out that all of
these situations were directly caused by children watching violent television.
Not only does television violence affect
the child's youth, but it can also affect his or her adulthood. Some psychologists
and psychiatrists feel that continued exposure to such violence might unnaturally
speed up the impact of the adult world on the child. This can force the
child into a kind of premature maturity. As the child matures into an adult,
he can become bewildered, have a greater distrust towards others, a superficial
approach to adult problems, and even an unwillingness to become an adult
Television violence can destroy a young
child's mind. The effects of this violence can be long-lasting, if not
never-ending.For some, television at its worst, is an assault on a child's
mind, an insidious influence tat upsets moral balance and makes a child
prone to aggressive behavior as it warps his or her perception of the real
world. Other see television as an unhealthy intrusion into a child's learning
process, substituting easy pictures for the discipline of reading and concentrating
and transforming the young viewer into a hypnotized nonthinker (Langone
48). As you can see, television violence can disrupt a child's learning
and thinking ability which will cause life long problems. If a child cannot
do well in school, his or her whole future is at stake.
Why do children like the violence that
they see on television? "Since media violence is much more vicious than
that which children normally experience, real-life aggression appears bland
by comparison" (Dorr 127). The violence on television is able to be more
exciting and enthralling than the violence that is normally viewed on the
Instead of just seeing a police officer
handing a ticket to a speeding violator, he can beat the offender bloody
on television. However, children don't always realize this is not the way
thing are handled in real life. They come to expect it, and when they don't
see it the world becomes bland and in need of violence. The children then
can create the violence that their mind craves.
The television violence can cause actual
violence in a number of ways. As explained above, after viewing television
violence theworld becomes bland in comparison. The child needs to create
violence to keep himself satisfied (Dorr 127). Also the children find the