Is Watching Television Making You Mean?
A study conducted in the UK will add to the controversy surrounding the link between onscreen and real-life violence. A group of British women were shown one of three clips-either a knife fight from Kill Bill, bitchy bullies from Mean Girls, or a calming seance scene from What Lies Beneath. Afterwards the women were told they'd be competing in an online game where the loser is greeted by a loud blast of noise and then faced with a rude job applicant looking for a reference. In both tests, women who watched aggressive scenes in Kill Bill or Mean Girls were meaner than those that had watched What Lies Beneath. While studies like this don't bode well for the younger crowd who have worried parents monitoring their television consumption, it gives us adults a perfectly reasonable excuse for our anti-social behaviour!
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Posted by Justin Davey at September 28, 2008 6:58 AM