New Iowa State research offers compelling evidence that media violence affects aggressive behavior.
This first-of-its-kind study, conducted in seven different countries, confirms six decades of research showing the effect is the same, regardless of culture.
“There are highly motivated groups dedicated to denying scientific findings of harm, such as the tobacco industry’s decades-long denial of harmful effects of their products on cancer,” Anderson said.
“This study clearly contradicts the denialism that currently dominates news media stories on media violence effects.” Christopher Groves, an ISU graduate research assistant; and Edward Swing and Sara Prot, both ISU Ph. graduates; contributed to this report along with researchers from the University of Tsukuba, Japan; Ochanomizu University, Japan; University of Potsdam, Germany; University of Zagreb, Croatia; Beijing Normal University, China; West University of Timisoara, Romania; Macquarie University, Australia; and Tokai University, Japan.
people could walk on our streets without having to care if they were going to make it home alive.
Media Violence Research Paper
I'm not trying to say that television is the reason that society today is so dangerously violent, but as violence on television evolved so did the violence on our streets.
North America has long been concerned about the possible effects of media violence and most especially, its effects on youth.
The leading concern is that media violence may cause aggressive or violent and criminal behaviour.
Various scholars, political groups, and organizations have reported that there is clear and consistent evidence that violence in the media causes real-life aggression and violence.
In June of 2000, a number of American medical and psychological associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association, issued a joint statement about the pathological effects of entertainment violence (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000).