They also collected data on aggressive behavior and empathy.
Anderson notes that the measures were based on self-reports and the study was cross-sectional.
Television Violence Violence in television, is it turning our children into violent, destructive, and hateful toddlers. In today's society television plays such a big role in our everyday lives that it is hard to see if it effects our children's behavior.
Television has the potential of being a very constructive learning tool, if used correctly.
“There are highly motivated groups dedicated to denying scientific findings of harm, such as the tobacco industry’s decades-long denial of harmful effects of their products on cancer,” Anderson said.
“This study clearly contradicts the denialism that currently dominates news media stories on media violence effects.” Christopher Groves, an ISU graduate research assistant; and Edward Swing and Sara Prot, both ISU Ph. graduates; contributed to this report along with researchers from the University of Tsukuba, Japan; Ochanomizu University, Japan; University of Potsdam, Germany; University of Zagreb, Croatia; Beijing Normal University, China; West University of Timisoara, Romania; Macquarie University, Australia; and Tokai University, Japan.
North America has long been concerned about the possible effects of media violence and most especially, its effects on youth.
The leading concern is that media violence may cause aggressive or violent and criminal behaviour.
However, the large, diverse cultural sample allowed for direct comparisons of media violence effects across nations.
It also disproves claims by the entertainment industry that dismiss all media violence effects.