Blood, guts, murder, mayhem; there is sure a whole lot of violence in American pop culture from our movies, television shows to popular video games. While many a parent may not mind that their children are being exposed, some regularly, to violence in media, it turns out letting them could actually be doing real harm. According to yet another new report, violence in media could breed aggressive behavior.
This new report cited by The Telegraph was written by The International Society for Research on Aggression (IRSA) has concluded that “media violence consumption can act as a trigger for aggressive thoughts or feelings already stored.” There is concern that, “if these aggressive thoughts and feelings are activated over and over again because of repeated exposure to media violence, they become chronically accessible, and therefore more likely to influence behavior.”
These reports are nothing new. Psychology Today stated that, “violent videogames have an even more powerful influence than violent television and movies, whose detrimental effects have been documented for decades.” They evidently disrupt “moral functioning.”
Children are able to have more and more access to violent content in media, and here is yet another one of those studies’ confirming it can be harmful. It seems like this would be a rally cry to try to control what kids are exposed to, but all the parental warning stickers, and adult content ratings don’t seem to make much of a difference. The researchers at IRSA suggest a simple way to deal with the issue, a “you are what you eat” approach. They ask parents to be more vigilant in what media their children consume. But how many will really take the time to do so?
Do you think there needs to be more limits on what kids have access to, or is it something that would be impossible to control at this point?