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Children who watch a lot of TV are less aroused by violent scenes than are those who only watch a little in other words theyre less bothered by violence in general and less likely to see anything wrong with it One example in several studies those who watched a violent program instead of a nonviolent one were slower to intervene or to call for help when a little later they saw younger children fighting or playing destructively Studies by George Gerbner PhD at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that childrens TV shows contain about 20 violent acts each hour and also that children who watch a lot of television are more likely to think that the world is a mean and dangerous place Children often behave differently after theyve been watching violent programs on TV In one study done at Pennsylvania State University about 100 preschool children were observed both before and after watching television some watched cartoons that had a lot of aggressive and violent acts in them and others watched shows that didnt have any kind of violence The researchers noticed real differences between the kids who watched the violent shows and those who watched nonviolent ones Children who watch the violent shows even just funny cartoons were more likely to hit out at their playmates argue disobey class rules leave tasks unfinished and were less willing to wait for things than those who watched the nonviolent programs says Aletha Huston PhD now at the University of Kansas Real-Life Studies Findings from the laboratory are further supported by field studies which have shown the long-range effects of televised violence Leonard Eron PhD and his associates at the University of Illinois found that children who watched many hours of TV violence when they were in elementary school tended to also show a higher level of aggressive behavior when they became teenagers By observing these youngsters
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