Time to write a bit about a concern that many people also have. My guess is, people have written books about what is the social and personal effect of violence and mayhem from "action" movies and video games.
I don't have kids so that is not a worry specific to me, but I share a world with all ages exposed to simply awful content. In the past couple days, in the interest of keeping up with current offerings of so called "entertainment", I had a look at the trailers for a movie called Lucy and the new Mad Max movie, set to come out next year, yet they have already an impressive trailer crammed with non stop mayem.
Both films have a plot and main characters, nothing new there, but the level of violence is just amazing - all kinds of explosions, people, cars, buildings flying and crashing. Guns and bombs going off. Hard to imagine some smart person contemplating how to pioneer new levels and kinds of cruelty of one human to others.
I thought about doing a screen capture from the trailers but then, decided not to. I would only be helping to advertise horrible visuals.
Certainly, violence is a part of the human experience. I saw a documentary on Ghengis Khan. His helpers threw some unfortunate captives in a huge cauldron of boiling oil. Right up to this morning's news on BBC, Rueters, Time, New York Times and all the rest. There is a lot of violence and mayhem in the real world.
Is there a relationship between made up violence and violence in the real world? Ronald Reagan made a comment in the early days of rapidly becoming more popular shoot 'em up video games [disclaimer, I have never played one but have seen bits and pieces] He said its important for kids to do their school work and have friends but those kids playing the violent video games will make great fighter pilots some day.
Certainly others with high octane research credentials have looked into what happens to the brain when it sees all these dramatic and impossible to ignore images. It seems unlikely that someone can't be affected by what they see. Maybe some people are put off by it but my guess is, many people are drawn to it. Just the fact these movies and video games exist show there is a huge market and money to be made. Are those responsible for this content simply capitalizing on an existing fascination for mayhem or are they helping to create more interest and more mayhem?
Another likely casualty of this kind of "entertainment" is desensitizing. Junk food is loaded with salt and sugar so it diminishes one's capacity to appreciate subtle flavors. I think junk entertainment acts in a parallel way. Chronic viewing, at the molecular level, leads to actual changes in the way the brain works, leaving the viewer less able to enjoy peace and quiet.
An article I read a couple weeks ago reported on a study that showed how the participants of the study preferred a self administered mild electric shock to simply being left with their own thoughts for a modest - 15 or 20 minutes - period of time. The study's conclusion - the majority of those in the study - and men in particular, do not like to be left with their own company.
Violence and mayhem are big money makers. The economy is far more interested in making money than the health and well being of people - young and old. Is censorship an option? Not likely. Perhaps the best choice is not to watch it and encourage others to avoid it as well. And to create positive alternatives for oneself, family, friends and community.