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Unequiv­o­cal evi­dence’ media vio­lence has neg­a­tive impact on children

A new report reviews the large body of research that has inves­ti­gat­ed the ways in which vio­lent media influ­ence behav­ior. Across all media gen­res, the authors found that the research con­sis­tent­ly shows that even short-term expo­sure “increas­es the like­li­hood of phys­i­cal­ly and ver­bal­ly aggres­sive behav­ior, aggres­sive thoughts, and aggres­sive emo­tions.” In the short term, media vio­lence can increase aggres­sion by prim­ing aggres­sive thoughts and deci­sion process­es, increas­ing phys­i­o­log­i­cal arousal, and trig­ger­ing a ten­den­cy to imi­tate observed behav­iors. In the long-term, repeat­ed expo­sure can pro­duce last­ing increas­es in aggres­sive thought pat­terns and aggres­sion-sup­port­ing beliefs about social behav­ior, and can reduce indi­vid­u­als’ nor­mal neg­a­tive emo­tion­al respons­es to violence.

Cyn is Katie's mom, Esther's Mémé, and a Support Engineer. She lives in the Atlanta area with her life partner, Rick, and their critters. She knits, does counted-thread needlework, reads, makes music, plays TTRPGs, and spends too much time online.
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