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photo by Mark Leffingwell/The Daily CameraTeens mourn at Columbine Before the average child reaches 18 years of age, he or she will have witnessed 200,000 acts of violence on television, including 40,000 murders.

Media violence rarely shows the consequences of violence. Media violence is a contributing factor to an increase in anti-social and aggressive behavior, giving credibility to Gerber's theory of "Mean-World" Syndrome. It also has other adverse effects on children as well as adults, including fear of becoming a victim and a decrease in sensitivity to violence and those who suffer from it.


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