“Media Violence May Affect Children's Minds.” WebMD.
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Size of Media Violence Effects
I am in total agreement with Justice Breyer (see above), and I see our whole society steeped in the excitement and glorification of violence: on television, in the movies, and in our children's continuous engagement with violent video games.
Type of Aggressive/Violent Behaviors Linked To Media Violence
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the following: "What sense does it make to forbid selling to a 13-year-old a magazine with an image of a nude woman, while protecting the sale to that 13-year-old of an interactive video game in which he actively, but virtually, binds and gags the woman, then tortures and kills her?" I believe that the above brief research descriptions and related comments, statements, and news reports about the effects of media violence on real world violence should be taken very seriously.
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Longitudinal. There are fewer well-conducted longitudinal studies (which assess participants repeatedly over time), but the growing body of such research also yields consistent effects of media violence from a meta-analytic standpoint. These studies measure aggressiveness at both the beginning and the end of the study, and statistically control for earlier levels of aggression while predicting later aggressive and violent behavior. This procedure rules out many alternative explanations, thus allowing stronger causal conclusions. For example, another explanation for the link between media violence and aggressive/violent behavior is that "naturally" aggressive children (by virtue of their biological or other unspecified characteristics) are more likely to both behave more aggressively and to consume more violent media. This alternative explanation predicts that longitudinal studies, in which level of innate aggression is statistically controlled (by partialling out Time 1 aggression level), will find no association between media violence consumption and later aggression/violence. The data consistently contradict this alternative possibility.