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American children and adolescents are being exposed to increasing amounts of media violence especially in television movies video games and youth-oriented music By age 18 the average young person will have viewed an estimated 200 000 acts of violence on television alone1 Video game violence childrens cartoons and music lyrics have become increasingly graphic In movies action films depict anatomically precise murders rapes and assaults with each sequel the number of deaths increase dramatically2 Although media violence is not the only cause of violence in American society it is the single most easily remediable contributing factor3 According to recent Nielsen data the average American child views 21 to 23 hours of television per week4 By the time todays children reach age 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching television5 Although movies and video games are more graphic in depictions of violence television is the single most important medium in the lives of young people 98 of all American households have at least one television set4 Despite public concern about television violence the amount of television violence has not changed appreciably in the past two decades the level of prime-time violence has remained at three to five violent acts per hour and violence in Saturday morning childrens programming ranges between 20 to 25 violent acts per hour6-8 American media are the most violent in the world and American society is now paying a high price in terms of real-life violence910 Some people in the entertainment industry maintain that 1 violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violence in the media and aggressive behavior in children and 2 young people know that television movies and video games are simply fantasy11 Unfortunately they are wrong on both counts Over 1000 studies--including a Surgeon Generals special report in 197212 and a National Institute of Mental Health report 10 years later13--attest to
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