Youth Violence and the Mass Media Essay

2061 Words Apr 14th, 2001 9 Pages
Introduction The problem I am researching is the desensitizing of America's youth through violence in the mass media, specifically television and video games. I am interested in studying it because as violence on television and the violent content contained in video games has increased, so has youth violence. I want to find if the increasing violence shown on television and video games has a desensitizing effect on America's youth, thus, increasing the probability that they will commit an act of violence. I believe that this research is important because I think violence on television and video games is a form of classical conditioning. In the movie, "A Clockwork Orange," the character was given negative reinforcement whenever he sees …show more content…
She says "that frequently playing graphically brutal video games is more likely to increase aggression among young men than watching violent television shows or movies. The difference is that television or movie viewers have a passive role, while video and computer game players are actively involved in what they're seeing. If the player doesn't shoot first, the enemy will shoot him, or at least his on-screen persona." However, she had no evidence in her article to back up her research. I think my study will be an improvement on these studies because I feel none of them explained enough the effects of this violence on youth over an extended period of time. My study is going to monitor youths over several years to see long term effects of violence in the mass media. Methodology My hypothesis for this study is that violence in the mass media has a negative effect on the aggression levels in America's youth. I believe that enough exposure to violent materials over time could desensitize some youths and lead them to believe that violence is an acceptable form of behavior. The independent variable in my study is violence in the mass media while the dependent variable is an increase in youth violence. I chose my independent variable because I felt it was the obvious choice. If the independent variable is the "cause" and the dependent variable is the "effect" and my study wants to find if violence in the mass media is the cause with increasing youth

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