Relationship Between Media Exposure and Desensitisation to Violence

Relationship between media exposure and desensitisation to violence


The aim of this study was to construct a questionnaire, which will assess the relationship between media exposure and desensitisation to violence. 

The design employed for this study was a correlational survey using single blind conditions. There were 22 respondents to the questionnaire who were asked to fill in the given questionnaire (see appendix). I used an opportunity sample, which was the students of South Cheshire College. The research was also conducted in the college. The questionnaire tested for two conditions 1. The amount of television watched and 2. The sensitivity to violence rating. The alternate hypothesis was rejected using a speraman’s rho statistical test, which showed there was no correlation between the amount of television watched and person sensitivity to violence.

My conclusion for this study is that there is no relationship between the amount of television watched by a person and their sensitivity to violence.

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Surveys are a common way and means of collecting data for analysis. They have the advantage of providing a wealth of data at a little cost in terms of time and expense. They also provide access to data, which is not available through direct observation of behaviour.

The general area of study that I will design my survey for will be the relationship between media exposure and desensitisation to violence. Psychologists explain the effects of television violence on aggressive behaviour in terms of arousal, disinhibition, imitation, and desensitisation. The observation that levels of aggression are increasing is blamed on the fact that there is more violence on television. A number of studies have tried to answer this and to relate violence to aggressive behaviour. Desensitisation is the reduction in emotional response to television violence and increased acceptance of violence in real life as a result of viewing it....