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Violence is the new 'cool'

In this post-covid era one can easily say that human beings have grown accustomed to virtual reality and passing time through means of online entertainment. this also comes in the form of TV shows and movies, where everyone is either binging some new show on Netflix or talking about the next big budget film to watch in cinemas. In such a world, it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that a lot of education is now delivered through these virtual means and their tone/message have an impact on the young minds that consume them.

A lot of shows and movies are entered around violence and disaster. As long as the hero is partaking in cool action moves, it doesn't matter that he is causing catastrophe all around him. Such is the case with movies/shows that revolve around the idea of the central character being a spy or vigilante. as long as there is a good background score and crazy CGI, you can grow to love the most awful characters.

This consumption of media has adverse effects on children according to research:

-Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.

-Children may be more fearful of the world around them.

-Children may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others.

In studies conducted by psychologists L. Rowell Huesmann, Leonard Eron, and others beginning in the 1980s, it was discovered that kids who watched a lot of violent television while in elementary school had more aggressive behaviour as teenagers. Huesmann and Eron followed up with these individuals into adulthood and discovered that those who had been exposed to a lot of TV violence as children were more likely to be detained and charged with crimes as adults.

These facts tell us that there needs to be a careful analysis on what we considering trendy and cool nowadays, and how important it is to regulate the content the younger generation consumes.

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