Surgeon General: Media Not Responsible for Violence
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AVault is reporting that the Office of the Surgeon General has concluded its studies on the causes of youth violence. The verdict? The exposure of children to violent media (e.g. computer games and movies) has little to no effect on them, although it may play a minor role on children who begin to exhibit violent behaviour towards others before the age of 11. In fact, exposure to media violence is just the tenth-most significant factor when determining the cause of violent outbursts by a teenager.
This comes as a surprise to many people who have been condemning the media, especially the gaming industry, due to several violent attacks by teenagers. According to AVault, the Los Angeles Times published an article prior to the study which claimed that “repeated exposure to violent entertainment during early childhood causes more aggressive behaviour throughout the child’s life.” Nothing in the Surgeon General's report supported their claims.
AVault: Media Violence Isn't the Real Problem
As a gamer, and more importantly, as a human being, you should realize that you are responsible for your actions. A very high percentage of gamers play many violent games, but do not try to duplicate the acts of violence contained therein.
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