A cheery, chirpy good morning to you all.
I listened to an interesting behavioural science talk over the weekend, the subject of which (arguably) shattered a modern day myth.
It was about computer games or movies that had a violent theme, namely, do the little angels that play violent computer games etc develop violent tendencies? I was surprised at the answer, which was a comprehensive no. How could this be? Everybody knows that kids who play violent games or watch violent movies turn into mass murderers, mercenaries, or Sydney taxi drivers. These people enjoy running over the elderly or killing the neighbour’s pet. They were little darlings until they watched Nightmare on Elm Street or killed 500 friendly aliens on their computer; of that I am convinced.
Wrong again, apparently. Violent games/movies don’t turn kids into nasty little suburban terrorists. Why? Because only aggressive, violent, evil kids play those games or watch those types of movies in the first place. It’s the tail wags dog effect.
I’m not convinced, so I’m going to run my own little experiment, but with the opposite of violence. My thesis is: Do people who watch Bambi movies turn out more passive than people who don’t?
Here is a Bambi movie. I will be able to tell from the comments which bloggers have been profoundly influenced by the viewing. The results should be interesting.