“Research on violent television and films, video games, and music reveals unequivocal evidence that media violence increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior in both the immediate and long-term contexts.”
“…it seems clear that exposure to media violence is a risk for aggression. In this vein, the American Academy for Pediatrics (2009, p. 1222) concluded that ‘exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed.”
– Psychology A Concise Introduction by Richard A. Griggs
With all the school shootings going on, that really gives you something to think about doesn’t it?
I leave you with this Ted talk by James Bridle.