Correlation vs Causation: Media and Youth Violence Research Paper

Correlation vs Causation: Media and Youth Violence
A brief discussion on the correlation between increased media and youth violence.
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"Narrowing motivations of youth violence is a common goal of societies globally and would benefit the prosperity of future generations. Since mass media has entered the circle of influence in youth life in America, portrayals of cruel, sadistic, abusive behavior in television and video games have been held accountable for similar savage behavior seemingly replicated in youth.
"It's almost an American tradition to blame the corruption of youth on violent mass media, from the lurid "half-dime" novels of the 19th century to 1930s gangster films and 1950s horror/crime comics. (Olson 144) This blame, however, exists without significant evidence to support it. While violence is detrimental to youth and society, media violence is statistically an unlikely catalyst of brutal conduct. Contrary to media headlines and public perceptions, there is little evidence of a substantial link between exposure to violent interactive games and serious real-life violence or crime (Olson 143) Violence was an inevitability prior to the creation of mass media outlets. Media, alongside technology, may enable society more imaginative violent action though. While youth violence and displays of violence in media outlets may correlate, this correlation does not imply a relationship of causation resulting in youth crime and violence.
"Violence is a behavior involving physical force with intent to harm or inflict damage. Aggression is regarded as the hostile behavior or attitudes toward someone. In Steven Kirsh's Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research, the difference between these ideas is considered crucial."

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