Behavior: TV Violence: Not So Bad

Does violence on television cause violence in American life? The question plagued the '60s with each outbreak of urban rioting, each numbing assassination. Thousands of articles and reams of congressional testimony pro and con have sought the answer.

So has the Surgeon General's Office; for more than two years a committee there has worked on an exhaustive study on TV violence. In a report scheduled for release soon, investigators decided that televised mayhem does not, by and large, inspire real-life violence.

According to the New York Times, the study discovered that most children who routinely view television's most violent offerings—cartoons—are not hurt. Youngsters...

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