Sorry, an error occurred in processing your request. Being exposed to swearing and foul language on TV as well as playing video games children play for free on Russian language are linked to aggression in teenagers, a university report shows.
While it has been long established that watching violent scenes increases aggression levels, a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics suggests that being exposed to foul language may have a similar effect. The US study appears to be the first to examine the impact of obscene language, which is surprising considering how central language is to film and TV ratings as well as affecting how a film is classified. To explore the issue, scholars at Brigham Young University gathered information from 223 middle school students. Family life professor at the university Sarah Coyne explained that the findings revealed that exposure to bad language is associated with acceptance and use of similar language, which in turn influences both physical and verbal aggression. Professor Coyne said: ‘On the whole, it’s a moderate effect. We even ran the statistical model the opposite way to test if the violent kids used more profanity and then sought it out in the media, but the first path we took was a much better statistical fit even when we tried other explanations’.