Violence and Aggression

Aggression and Violence

Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences

October 23, 2011

Aggression and Violence
In 65- year life, the average person will have spent nine years of watching television.   By the time a child finishes elementary school, they will have seen 8,000 murders while watching television.   There is a serious concern with the impact of television violence and the behaviors that a child has after watching television.   Early childhood exposure to television violence puts both male and female children at risk for the development of aggressive and violent behaviors as adults.  
The effects of tv violence on society has been studied and vehemently debated.   Based on the studies conducted over the years, public health communities concluded that viewing violence poses a harmful risk to children.   As time goes on, the media violence will continue to be a focus for public concern.
With the study done, 2 out of every 3 television programs contained some violence that averaged out to 6 violent acts per hour.   Television violence can lead to aggressive behaviors, being more withdrawn from people that matter or are of importance to one, and also less likely to consider ones’ feelings like being insensitive to their feelings.
Children interpret television in different ways in which they process the information, depending on the variables they had with their own life experiences.   This will help one to understand how violence with the media and television affects each child.  
Around the age of 2 or 3, a child pays attention to the television when it is on and can take what they see and imitate what they gather.   At the age of 5, children are actively searching for the meaning of the content.   They are drawn in to rapid changes in scenes, fast movements, loud or intense sounds and sights.  
Aggression is defined as a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack or any action resulting in injury or destruction.   Parents need to be...