The Impact of Electronic Media Violence: Scientific Theory and Research

"What are the physiological effects on people by the media"

Since the early 1960s research evidence suggests that exposure to violence in media increases the risk of violent behavior on the viewer just as growing up in a violent environment does. In this new environment radio, television, movies, videos, video games, cell phones, and computer networks have assumed central roles in children's daily lives. It is now not just kids in bad neighborhoods or with bad friends who are likely to be exposed to bad things when they go out on the street. A 'virtual' bad street is easily available to most youth now. Most researchers define media violence as visual portrayals of acts of physical aggression by one human or human-like character against another.

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