PG-13 Rated Movies, Societal Violence and the "Yes I Said It/No I Didn't" Game

March 26, 2015 6:08 PM

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Back in 2013 researchers from Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania published a study suggesting a rise in gun violence in movies over the past half-century, particularly in PG-13 movies. Although the authors had no causal evidence linking such films to youth violence (nor even correlational evidence), they nonetheless implied a direct link between such films and youth violence stating "The effects of exposure to gun violence in films should not be trivialized. . . . The mere presence of guns in these films may increase the aggressive behavior of youth."

Except during the past few decades in which this rise in PG-13 movie gun violence is supposed to have occurred, youth violence plummeted by nearly 90%. This article represents an usual circumstance in which scholars not only make the mistake of implying causation from correlation...but the correlati...

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