Media violence
At least 75,000 violent crimes are committed by American youths each year. Many people believe the gratuitous violence depicted in our movies, television shows and video games is partly responsible for these crimes. Our government reports that by age 18, an average American youth has viewed more than 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence on TV. More than 800 of 1,000 parents surveyed in one recent study said they believe our media teaches violent and anti-social behavior in children. Our movie industry has steadfastly refused to accept any responsibility for their complicity in desensitizing and glamorizing violence and aggressive behavior in our society. Many movie critics say the quality of acting, screenwriting and character development has been sacrificed in favor of graphic violence and violent special effects. The American Psychological Association has recently reviewed 170 studies compiled over 20 years on video game violence and concluded that playing violent video games can lead to an increase in aggression. But it said there still not enough research into whether these games can cause actual criminal violence.

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