Amplified violent behavior might not only be the outcome of the watching TV programs. Highlighting the violent behavior in programs can lead to increased suspicions and nervousness regarding the possibility of being a victim of an aggressive action, as well. In general, some research has shown that young kids are extra exposed to reproduce violence when the person performing the violent act is appreciated or, in any case, is not penalized. It is certainly true that television violence is not responsible for any aggressive behavior of children. Similarly, it is true that some children are much more likely than others to be affected by this violence and that these kids are any exposed to become aggressive. But the effects of television aggression encourage the children “at risk” to become even more aggressive than they would otherwise (Kirsh and Stephen 2006, p. 137).
Other studies show that media violence has not only increased, it became more dramatic and sadistic than ever. It is also very often linked to sexuality. Hyper-realistic images of human bodies exploding in slow motion under the impact of bullets or bodies lying in their blood have become commonplace (Gunter 2003, p. 116). Across the world there are millions of spectators, including many children, who watch the World Championships women’s wrestling, where the protagonists are trying to tear each other’s hair or clothing to pieces of the opponent. One of the best-selling video game in the world, Grand Theft Auto, gives bonus points to players who, after sex, kill prostitutes slashing baseball. These impacts are not limited to a possible increase in aggressive behavior. Many commentators are concerned about how that media violence has taken root in the cultural environment and became, as it were, part of the “psychological atmosphere” that affects children and adolescents. They believe such an environment of violence, vulgarity and meanness can eventually destroy all forms of civility by upsetting and degrading positive social values.