The effects of TV violence on viewers has been the topic of debate for decades. Through several studies and evidence of sociological and psychological behavior, it has been said that violent acts portrayed on television have a direct impact on audiences young and old, male and female. The biggest problem concerning the effects of TV violence is that the impact involved on viewers is a negative one, particularly when shown without consequence or when carried out by an attractive villain.
Young children make up the majority of viewers that are severely affected by TV violence. Children may not always understand the difference between right and wrong or reality from fiction but they do understand when a crime goes unpunished. A case that provides evidence of the effects of TV violence on youngsters is that of Ronald Zamora. Zamora, at the age of 15, murdered his 82-year-old neighbor in 1977. At the time, Zamora's lawyer had claimed that the boy was influenced by television violence. “According to the lawyer, the countless hours Zamora had spent watching cops-and-robbers shows such as Kojak and Baretta had 'brainwashed' him into living in a 'television fantasy world,' which left him incapable of realizing that he was committing cold-blooded murder (Moeller).” The effect of TV violence can occur in varying degrees depending on the age of the child. The younger a child is, the less they understand the consequences of violent actions as seen on TV.
Part of the reason why children are so affected by violence portrayed on their home television set is due to the fact that they are so easily influenced at a young age. Television has a tremendous influence on how children view our world. “Children spend more hours watching TV from birth to age 18 than they spend in the classroom” (Schmitt). The reason children spend so much time watching violent episodes on TV, especially today, is due to the fact that both the mother and father have to work in order to make...
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