Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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I wonder how much less stress/nerve/depression medication would be needed if Hollywood were banned from showing any violence and insurance commercials were only allowed in print media. What if, other than the news, the most upsetting things we saw on TV were Lucy pulling away the football as Charlie Brown tries to kick it or the Grinch weighing poor Max down with a reindeer antler?
I also wonder now much the availability of all the news all the time contributes to these ever increasing stress levels which then contribute to, among other things, addictions, overeating, and all types of physical ailments. How much do we really need to know? If you think that is a naive question, think again. The constant onslaught of news and its repetition numerous times a day has lead to many wrong perceptions.
How would you answer these questions?
1. Child abductions by strangers happen:
A) more often than in the past (ie. when I was growing up).
B) less often than in the past.
C) at about the same rate as in the past.
2. Violence in schools was at its highest in:
A) the last ten years.
B) the 80's and 90's
C) the 60's and 70's
Find the answers in the comments.