How Do Violent News Stories Affect Viewers?

By: Chris Faison, Michael Prochno, Hussain al-Abdullah, & Salman Almadoug (2017)

Concordia University- St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

Television news broadcasts have been airing since the mid-1930s, and has since then, implemented itself into viewer’s everyday lives. In the 1980s, Cable News Network, or CNN, introduced the 24-hour news cycle. Because of this, there was a sharp increase of violent news being reported. In this study, the researchers chose to study both the emotional and physical reactions to the violent news media. Specifically, the researchers explored the possibility that too much violence could affect their mental and physical health. Participants from this study hailed from a faith-based institution of higher learning in an urban area of the Midwestern United States. The study found that there is a relationship between the violence in news media and mental and physical effects of the body.

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