Why Do Teenagers Commit Violence Act?

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Today's generation seems to be more violent than before. Teenagers are performing brutal acts of violence throughout the world. Many people are lead to believe that exposure to violence through mass media, such as TV, video games and music, are the roots of these violence actions.

From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Power Ranger, teens are constantly being exposed to the "heroes" of TV. In a country where teenagers watch an average of three to four hours of television daily, there are a large number of punches, kicks, and many other violent acts that teenagers are soaking up every single day. Hundreds of studies on the effects of TV violence on teenagers have found out that teenagers may become immune to the horror of violence. Gradually, they accept violence as a way to solve problems, imitating the violence they observe on television. One may ask that, why do they show violence on TV? The basic answer is because violence is what the people want to see.

As a result, many shows have a big dosage of fighting scenes in them. Many of the teenagers prefer action "˜flicks' to light-hearted comedies or romance stories. These can be seen from the success of the movies like "Lethal Weapon" and "Rush Hour." In the recent years, video games have been a popular icon of youth culture. However, as games have become popular, the amount of violence contain in them also increase. One example of a destructive game would be Mortal Kombat; it's a fighting game between two characters in which one of them literally destroys the other by pulling off the arms or head. The winner will just laughs very loudly or praise the teenager player with "Excellent!" each time they kill or destroy the other character. Its graphic is full...