Posted on 10-03-2012
A recent study from the Psychological Science journal of September 2012 found people who watched more than four hours of TV a day relating to the 9/11 attacks and Iraq War coverage were more likely to report both acute and post-traumatic stress symptoms over time. According to study author Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, "[It's] important for people to be aware that there is no psychological benefit to repeated exposure to graphic images of horror."
Additionally this is something to keep in mind for our children who watch movies and play video games depicting violent behavior. I have to admit in the early 2000s I came across and played a game known as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which is well known for its violence and immoral behavior including running over people, selling drugs from an ice cream truck to children, and committing other terrible acts of violence. After playing several hours I drove across town and noted my brain was still in that mode and felt more aggressive (not necessarily to run someone over) on the road than I normally would be. A clear sign that these images DO affect our behavior and attitudes.
Be careful what you allow to enter your spirit, in todays more and more immoral society, what we see can largely become what we are.
Have a blessed day!
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