Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PROFANITY IN MEDIA LINKED TO TEEN AGGRESSION

CHILDREN WHO HEAR SWEAR WORDS
ON TV ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE, STUDY
http://healthland.time.com - When children are exposed to violence on TV and in video games, studies show they tend to become more aggressive themselves. But a new study reveals that even just exposure to swear words in media may lead children to become more physically aggressive as well.  In a study involving 223 middle-schoolers in Missouri, researchers at Brigham Young University asked the students about their exposure to profanity in the media - in particular on television and in video games - as well as their attitudes about swear words and their tendencies toward aggressive behavior. The scientists measured both physical aggression (by asking students whether they hit, kicked or punched others) and relational aggression (by asking them whether they gossiped about others to damage their reputations). 

Using statistical models, the researchers calculated that exposure to profanity had about the same relationship to aggressive behavior as exposure to violence on TV or in video games.  In addition, they found that the more children were exposed to profanity, they more likely they were to use swear words themselves, and those who used profanity were more likely to become aggressive toward others.  Study leader Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life at Brigham Young, recognized that it was possible that the relationship went the other way, that children who used profanity might also tend to seek out television programs and games that featured profanity, which could account for the association. While bullying behavior was not specifically addressed in the study, children who are more aggressive are known to be more likely to bully.  So controlling youngsters’ exposure to profanity may be one way to stem the tide of bullying among teens.

Profanity or swearing in Media is linked to teen aggression.  The use of profanity has exploded in movies, video games, TV and of course, over the Internet.  Now, a study suggests profanity in the media increase aggression levels among teens - acting, according to researchers, as a kind of stepping stone to violence.  Specifically, the statistical modeling points to a chain reaction: Exposure to profanity is associated with acceptance and use of profanity, which in turn influence both physical and relational aggression to others.  Use profanity when talking is another form of violence.

WHAT DO THE VEDIC TEACHINGS TELL US?
In modern times, and increasingly today, we can see, analyzing the current situations, a systematic deterioration in the way we communicate to each other.  And above all, I want to analyze this issue in the context of the open use of what is commonly called “swear words” or insults.  Some time ago were terminologies not used by everyone, and those who did so, usually used to use them just on certain occasion to express or indicate something in particular, very specific, being frowned upon by most of society, anyway. ... This point is clearly something alarming, showing us the so deep degradation in the human beings in a hard and raw way, which is manifested in various symptoms, including the way we express ourselves and talk and communicate to each other, a whole aspect of our daily existence.  It is time for reflection, to rethink from scratch how we are managing our lives, and if necessary, make the adjustments required to restore harmony longed for this world, and each of the beings that inhabit on it.


Śrīpad Bhakti Vedanta Padmanabha Mahārāja :
“Why so much insult?”
http://suenaverdadero.blogspot.com/2011/10/por-que-tanto-insulto-en-los-tiempos.html
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