Statistics against anime/manga/gaming haters
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Posted 12/29/13
I'm 33 years old and for a long time I listened that anime/manga is bad for you argument. So in the last few days I compiled some statistics regarding Japan to provide an educated answer next time someone tries to link anime, manga or gaming to any kind of sad event in the news.

If nerd culture, videogames, comics, manga and anime are responsible for crimes and aggressive behavior...
Why Japan, the country with the most awesome nerd friendly attitude and one of the biggest gaming, anime and manga industries in the world has these 4 points?
1) Crime rate lower than any other industrialized country in the world.
2) Decreasing crime rates. The number of crimes in Japan are decreasing. In 2002, the number of crimes recorded was 2,853,739. This number was halved in 2012 with 1,382,154 crimes being recorded.
3) Lowest homicide rate in the world (in 2012 there were 0.4 homicide per 100,000 population, USA has 4.7 homicides per 100,000 people).
4) One of the most effective crime solving statistics in the world. In 2012 Japanese authorities solved 75.9% of robbery cases and 95.9% of homicide cases.

Hate monger uses undocumented biased date...
Is not really effective!
Maybe education is more important that we thought?
CASE CLOSED!!

P.S. Feel free to copy or use those 4 points any way you want, the whole point of me compiling those statistics was to share with other otakus so have fun and have a nice day!
Posted 12/29/13 , edited 12/29/13
It's so easy to accuse people of doing something to get them miffed, especially over the internet. But if lolicons are ever a problem, it is because some of them go out looking for children to victimize. Their outlet of illustrated porn grows too weak to satisfy them, so they venture out to find innocent youngsters to abduct and destroy emotionally.

As for ordinary anime and manga enjoyment, which doesn't involve any direct abuse of children or some other depravity, the whole idea that we are a horde of monstrous criminals is absurd. We may illegally download materials for our viewing, sure. That's so minor compared to doing something so sick it demands punishment.
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Posted 12/29/13 , edited 12/29/13
Where's the source for these statistics? Your argument is moot unless you provide one.

Also, your statistics are kind of broad and probably wouldn't convince anyone for the argument you are trying to make. :/
E.g., how does "nerd culture", video games, comics, manga, and anime correlate with Japan's low crime rate and effectiveness at solving crimes? What if the crimes that were committed in Japan were influenced by anime and manga?

I believe anime and manga can influence someone in a negative or positive way but I think it's ultimately up to the individual on how they act. Albert Bandura's Bobo doll experiment is a good example to show how people, in this case children, can be influenced by a video to change their behavior.

Albert Bandura's Bobo doll experiment
copy and pasted a paragraph from the source/link below.

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"Albert Bandura is most famous for the Bobo doll experiment. Albert Bandura believed that aggression must explain three aspects: First, how aggressive patterns of behavior are developed; second, what provokes people to behave aggressively, and third, what determines whether they are going to continue to resort to an aggressive behavior pattern on future occasions (Evans, 1989: p.22). In this experiment, he had children witness a model aggressively attacking a plastic clown called the Bobo doll. There children would watch a video where a model would aggressively hit a doll and " ‘...the model pummels it on the head with a mallet, hurls it down, sits on it and punches it on the nose repeatedly, kick it across the room, flings it in the air, and bombards it with balls...’(Bandura, 1973: p.72). After the video, the children were placed in a room with attractive toys, but they could not touch them. The process of retention had occurred. Therefore, the children became angry and frustrated. Then the children were led to another room where there were identical toys used in the Bobo video. The motivation phase was in occurrence. Bandura and many other researchers founded that 88% of the children imitated the aggressive behavior. Eight months later, 40% of the same children reproduce the violent behavior observed in the Bobo doll experiment"

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I'm not trying to be demeaning, just offering some constructive criticism so you can ameliorate upon your argument. All in all, anime and manga can influence your behavior (and possibly crime rate; albeit, there isn't any statistics to prove that to be correct or incorrect); if a person was influenced to kill someone because of anime then they still probably would of ended up killing someone without it.

Bobo doll experiment: http://www.criminology.fsu.edu/crimtheory/bandura.htm
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Posted 12/29/13
Ultimately, just be smart on what you watch and don't become overly obsessed. xD
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