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Violence has been around since the beginning of time--before television radio or video games As many people would ask how then did people learn these violent actions without the extreme exposure of the media The question has a simple answer humanity is the creator of its own media the media is not the creator of humanity In 1949 a mere 2 of American homes had television sets This increased to 64 by 1955 93 by the mid-60s and 98 today Hughes Hasbrouck With so many televisions in homes today and working parents TV has become the closest and most constant companion for American children Zuckerman US children begin watching television at a very early age and are frequent viewers by the time that they are two or three years old The amount of time that American children spend watching TV is astounding an average of four hours a day 28 hours a week 2400 hours a year nearly 18000 hours by the time they graduate from high school In comparison they spend a mere 13000 hours in school from kindergarten through twelfth grade American children spend more time watching TV than any other activity besides sleeping If this is the case and people supposedly more violent today why then has the crime rate not soared to new levels Violence is not the fault of video games movies books or any other media Violence is a characteristic found only in people themselves Video games movies books and other media give people a way to express anger or feelings of hate Almost everyone is exposed to violent media some will commit violent crimes millions will not Why then do some individuals have violent tendencies It would be wrong to say that the media does not completely have an effect on people or everyday suggestions such as commercials or billboards wouldnt be present However one must look at individual factors such as personal backgrounds family friends chemical
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