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Watching violence makes you aggressive
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if someone is turned o violence by what they watch then they are weak, i love anime violence , doesn't mean im a violent person, quite the opposite, i'm usually quite gentle
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Aggressive people will be aggressive regardless of what they've watched- it only affects how that aggression is displayed.
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Well, high school is a pretty sensitive age too.

I think if someone surrounds themselves with enough violence, it will effect them one way or another. There is a lot of horrifying things on the media....and the internet. I remember my English teacher heard a story about how a spouse raped their new born child. She said ever since then she wouldn't let ANYONE alone with her baby......

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seekerperson7 wrote:

Do I think it makes you more violent all the time and unequivocally? No.

Do I think it influences your thoughts and behaviors? Yes, along with everything else we watch and read. And no, I don't think age matters, unless you are so young or so old that you literally cannot comprehend what you are watching or reading.
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Cartoon violence makes me laugh.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san was hilarious.


FlyinDumpling wrote:

Well, high school is a pretty sensitive age too.

I think if someone surrounds themselves with enough violence, it will effect them one way or another. There is a lot of horrifying things on the media....and the internet. I remember my English teacher heard a story about how a spouse raped their new born child. She said ever since then she wouldn't let ANYONE alone with her baby......

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seekerperson7 wrote:

Do I think it makes you more violent all the time and unequivocally? No.

Do I think it influences your thoughts and behaviors? Yes, along with everything else we watch and read. And no, I don't think age matters, unless you are so young or so old that you literally cannot comprehend what you are watching or reading.


The question should be if the disgusting news regarding the baby made the English teacher more likely to commit violence.

Yes there is an effect (e.g. disgust on my part, fear on the teacher's) but is the effect an increase in aggression?
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Posted 1/3/15
The dumb ones.
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First...you were looking, but couldn't find anything? I guess I need to start from scratch. Okay, before we even begin we will talk sources. Most of these responses are from morons, and begin with "I think"...well, this isn't a subjective question. There are NUMEROUS studies that exist on the topic of aggression and the role media has played in the development of aggression. The abstracts of these studies can most easily be found in various sites like EPCOHOST and google scholar to view the journal article/abstract. These journal articles are from PhD sources who are performing their own research on the topic; I won't get into details on the various types of studies, but just know the most optimal study will come from double blind studies to remove any possible human error or bias.

Now, let's look at your question in specific. Middle school and above, middle school starting around 10 years old. The first real interest in modern pscyhology was the Bobo doll experiment in the 1960's. TV's were still new, and were in the middle of the american household takeover; there were obvious concerns that violence was increasing due to the graphic nature that some shows expressed. The bobo dolls clearly showed that preschoolers and ages 5-7 responded more aggressively after observing aggressive behavior, but there are obvious problems with the study that has drawn attention to this, such as the immediacy of the test and the singular adult/child dynamic that is not often met outside the lab setting.

Social Learning Theory is what was widely accepted off of this test, and a forethought in the area of aggression. SLT dictates that we learn through observation, which tv is certainly an observational tool that we can use; I had never snowboarded before, yet knew what to do from watching Johnny Tsunami on Disney 12 years prior. Age obviously makes a difference, but there is always influence on what we are putting into our minds, the level of influence just comes down to the individual!
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Most of these responses are from morons, and begin with "I think"...well, this isn't a subjective question...

it may as well be when you can find a study to support any position you care to take on the issue, and none of them are conclusive, they show a correlation at some confidence interval (probably 95%).
Also, having an opinion on an issue that is far from settled hardly makes someone a moron.
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What. No way.

-Hides my bloody bat.-
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I think it is more of an overall growing environment thing. I've been watching super violent action movies for as long as I can remember, and I'm probably the least likely person in any room to stab you hahah! I really don't like conflict in real life. Real war and violence just always seems so disgusting. Violent movies for me are just exciting, sort of like horror movies.
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Violent movies can very easily lead to aggresive emotions....in the exact same way sad movies lead to depressed emotions, inspirational movies lead to motivated emotions, comedy movies lead to amused emotions, overly-positive movies lead to happy emotions, etc, etc, etc, etc.....

The emotions, for the most part, are temporary and are usually gone mere moments after you've finished watching the movie (or reading the book or playing the game or listening to the music or.....). If those emotions stick around, that's due to issues you more than likely already had. The movies (books, games, music..........) can slightly alter the degree, but they're rarely (if ever) the root cause.
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Ive always watched hyper-violent anime growing up and i never thought it contributed to my being a violent person. Growing up in a rougher neighborhood definitely did but playing games with violence and watching violent shows kind of became a way to release and escape it in reality for me
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This kind of "thing" has been around since forever.

Since the 30s it has been marijuana causing all kinds of "problems" with "young people".
In the 70s and 80s they were blaming Dungeons and Dragons for children "becoming violent".
In the 80s it was heavy metal music and violent TV shows.
In the 90s it was violent video games like Doom.
Now it is something else again.

The problem is that is much more easy to say as a parent: "It wasn't my fault my child is a violent bully, it's ($insert anything here$).".



"Why won't someone think of the children?"
Posted 1/4/15
Nope. I watch violent shows and play violent games have been for years and I am not an aggressive person at all. It's easy to point fingers and blame shows or games when in fact at times it's their home life or school life that influenced them. Meh everyone is different and have different experiences as well as different outcomes with what influences them.
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Posted 1/4/15
It does stir up violent emotions and violent thoughts and it's a fact that younger people tend to act in imitation of things that they see.

I'm personally against any large scale draconian legislation, but I think that smaller communities should be able to decide what sort of standards they want to allow when it comes to all forms of ideology (since all people should be allowed to freely choose what sort of person they associate with) including entertainment and education.
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Nope, I think that is someone reacts badly to violence in media then they already had problems. It's the health care services role to help those people and prevent it from happening in the first place.

A lot of the incidents involved also centre around young people, quite frankly is a kid is violent as a result of violent games, then perhaps people should start looking at the damn age rating on the box, they're there for a reason, while it never affected me it may affect others.
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