THE EFFECT OF VIOLENCE MOVIES ON TEENAGERS
1.1 Background of the Study
A teenager is a young person whose age falls within the range of 13 to19 years they are called teenager’s because their number end with teen. Merriam Webster (1828)
Biologically, a teenagers falls between the stages of infancy and adulthood. Also a teenager is a being between the stage of birth and puberty legally, a teenager is refers to a minor, or somebody who is yet to become an adult. Everything that a teenager sees in a media affects them in many ways .Emphatically , every sight a teenager has behoove emulation , be it positive or negative .
A teenager who is exposed to violent movies respond actively to the ideology induces by the movie characters. As an interact process through the mass media in which persons or group related to each other, share information ,experience and culture.
Mass media consist of the various means of conveying information heterogeneously and simultaneously, with the aid of radio television, newspaper, internet, films etc. However, the aim of communication by the media on its audience is to influence their behavior.
Research has shown that there is a twelve percent increase in aggressive behavior after watching violent behavior,(Tompkins,2003)still ,Aimee Tompkins (2003) adds that every viewer that watches four (4) hours a day, put in less effort at school , have poorer reading skills, plays less with friends, have fewer hobbies and activities and are more likely to be overweight”
Cesarone Bernard (1994) highlights’ the American Psychology associations three major effect of watching violent media (films, television, etc.) “Teenagers become less sensitive to pain and suffering of others, teenagers may be more fearful of the world around them and teenager may be more likely to have in aggressive or hurtful ways towards others
However, at the other hand, critics of video games claim that watching violent film is less detrimental due to the teenagers not physically playing out the violent.Still maker of those violent movies argue that violent teenagers are drawn toward the violent movies. These people believe that the teenagers must have been exposed to more than just the programming in order to exhibit behaviors that they may have seen in films(Cesareone,1994)
This research is therefore design to find out whether violent movies have a negative or positive impact on the teenagers of uyo local government area.