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Studies Fail to Prove a Direct Link to Violence in Television Causing Real-Life Violence Many people believe that the violence in todays world is a direct link to the violence seen on television If this were true everyone would be violent Nearly every home in America owns a television and many spend several hours a day watching it Yet they do not become violent it is only a selected few in retrospect The television industry wants to blame parents for not taking enough responsibility in what their children watch However some researchers feel that television has little if any effect on a persons violence A persons environment has a lot to do with how violent they will become as they grow up The studies done on the subject of violence on television and real-life violence are inconclusive and only appear to show the facts Since so many studies fail to prove a link and there appears to be other factors involved when a person becomes violent television must not be to blame for real-life violence Parents want to blame television for their children acting out In a response to that censorship mechanisms like the V-chip and rating systems are being used to prevent young people from viewing violent programming that is not appropriate for a young audience Despite the fact that programs are too mature for a young audience marketers continue to aim for children It is a known fact that violence sells In 1999 American Enterprise noted that more than seven out of ten Americans say they think the TV industry needs to do more to reduce the amount of violence it unleashes to the public Torr 4 At the same time however they continue to watch these violent programs The television audience would rather watch a news broadcast of a car wreck then issues on wellness and kindness The television industry knows this and that is why commercials for violent programs are shown
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