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Impact of Media Violance on Aggressive Behavior

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Maha Jamil, Kinnaird College for Women Lahore
While violence is not new to the human race, it is an increasing problem in modern society. With greater access to firearms and explosives, the scope and efficiency of violent behavior has had serious consequences. We need only look at the recent school shootings and the escalating rate of youth homicides among urban adolescents to appreciate the extent of this ominous trend. While the causes of youth violence are multi factorial and include such variables as poverty, family psychopathology, child abuse, exposure to domestic and community violence, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the research literature is quite compelling that children's exposure to media violence plays an important role in the etiology of violent behavior. While it is difficult to determine which children who have experienced televised violence are at greatest risk, there appears to be a strong correlation between media violence and aggressive behavior within vulnerable "at risk" segments of youth. In this article, I will briefly review the impact of media violence on children and adolescents, and indicate the vital role physicians can play in helping to diminish this powerful cause of violent behavior.
Media violence poses a threat to public health in as much as it leads to an increase in real-world violence and aggression. Fictional television and film violence contribute to a short-term and along-term increase in aggression or anger in young audience. Television news violence also contributes to increased violence, principally in the form of copied suicides and acts of aggression.
The relationship between media violence and real-world violence and aggression is moderated by the nature of the media content and characteristics of and social influences on the individual, Viewer characteristics also play an important role. These characteristics are age and gender of the viewer, Media violence affects both males and females. Parents have the potential to be important moderators of the effects of media violence on children. Children and teenagers form attitudes and beliefs and take action as a result of their exposure to media content but they also may discuss what they see with others. Children's Access to Media in the home also play an important role in increasing acts of aggression. Violence, aggression or aggressive behavior is not new to the human race and it is a highly increasing problem in modern society.
If we look upon in our society then we came to know that more families have televisions than telephones and there is no parental supervision and the absence of parental supervision leads the children to bombard affects on children personality and unfortunately, violence is one of the most popular forms of entertainment now a day's Screen-based media violence (television, movies, the Internet, and video games) is the most common studied source for children as well as for adolescents. It is believed that repeated exposure to real-life and to entertainment violence may alter cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes.
And one more aspect is the “Culture Impact of Media: as we all know that man is a social animal so the need of communication with each other is most important part of a man's life. The urge of communication has become a necessity for survival and for the purpose of communication, man explore the several means, developed from time to time such as sending messages, letters, telephone these are the source of communication at far distant places and it is collectively called “Mass Media”.
However, communication among a large number of people or society is not as simple as with individuals, but it's far too complex. Information or news that is important to a mass of people may not be passed to them from individual to individual. This must reach many people at the same time and also effectively. Such as the forecast of a storm to warn one whole city to take immediate measures cannot be passed on individual to individual since time factor is important.
This may be done through newspapers or television or both news and television are the most common sources of complex communication. These are the technological resources of communication. Media violence and its impact on youth is the main topic of discussion in regard of the media effects on youth. Our youth is the future of our country so we should discuss the impacts of media on youth resulting in the form of aggression while discussing the different theories we also need of eliminating.


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