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Viewers Not Always Amused by TV Violence

by Rajshri on  February 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Viewers Not Always Amused by TV Violence
A new study has said that violence on TV shows may not necessarily bring enjoyment to viewers.
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As part of a recent University of Indiana study, communication researchers Joseph Weaver and Barbara Wilson edited episodes of five popular prime time shows that typically depict violence -- 4, The Shield, The Sopranos, Oz and Kingpin.

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They then recruited 400 college students and made some watch a nonviolent version of the cop show The Shield, while others viewed a graphically violent episode of the prison drama Oz.

People who watched the nonviolent versions of these shows said that they enjoyed them significantly more than people who watched either of the violent version.

The two researchers kept in mind the personality of the viewers but despite it, they found that people still overwhelmingly found nonviolent episodes more enjoyable than violent ones.

"Suspenseful, nonviolent content is again just as arousing, but without the aversive reaction. In fact, it's associated with more attention to the program," Discovery News quoted Weaver, as saying.

He concluded: "Even if you don't like violence per se, you have no choice but to seek out the violent programs. In a sense, then, we've been trained to expect that the violent programs are going o give us what we want, even if the violence itself actually reduces enjoyment."

Source: ANI
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