The kids are not alright

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The kids are not alright

The R rating for movies and other media don't have the same relevance as it used to. Teenagers are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence and other restricted material.

The R rating for movies and other media don't have the same relevance as it used to. Teenagers are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence and other restricted material.

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The R rating for movies and other media don't have the same relevance as it used to. Teenagers are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence and other restricted material.

http://academyofmachinima.weebly.com/community-rating-system.html

http://academyofmachinima.weebly.com/community-rating-system.html

The R rating for movies and other media don't have the same relevance as it used to. Teenagers are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence and other restricted material.

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During this time in society, tragedies that occur nationwide, as well as locally, almost seem routine to teens and adults alike. Whether it be school shootings, murder, or even suicide these events can cause teens to become almost numb to tragedy. This routine has the potential to desensitize teens. To be desensitized, one needs to become less sensitive to things that usually cause great distress. This has the potential to become a major issue regarding the future of the country. Desensitization can lead to increased violence among teens which could create many problems in the future.   

Desensitization can have many causes. One of the main causes comes from the media. The R ratings for violence on things like TV, movies, and even video games, doesn’t seem to be so relevant anymore. These restrictions cannot always protect those who are underage, unless parents enforce the restrictions. According to study done by Jordan Grafman, the head of the cognitive neuroscience division at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland. When male teenagers were shown multiple violent videos continuously, “any effect would be temporary, but in the course of life with repeated exposures to violent media, you are shaping your brain networks to be more accommodating to aggression,” this means that the more videos the boys watched, the less the violence affected them.  

Tucker Uebersax, a sophomore at Patterson Mill high school claims to feel “indifferent” in response to the recent major school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Flordia on February 14, 2018. Tucker also revealed that, on average he watches, plays, or reads R rated material at least two times a week, and doesn’t become emotional to certain media often, such as movies or books. However, Tucker explains that he’s experienced, “enough [tragic events] to remember what happened and to become empathetic.” This could prove that he has not been completely desensitized to the tragedies around him. Tucker describes himself as someone who is not completely positive and not completely negative. This could explain his indifference to tragic events.   

Some experts say that the music that teens listen to could add to the increased violence and desensitization among them. The negative and violent lyrics used in some songs can cause unwanted effects, such as violent thoughts and even violent actions. In Tucker’s case, he doesn’t believe that music can have an effect on the way a person thinks, he also doesn’t particularly listen to negative or violent music. Genres that contain this type of lyrics include, rap/hip hop, heavy metal, and music with dark themes.  

Emily Marziale, a junior at Patterson Mill, has very different opinions on these topics. She feels that the fact that another major school shooting has occurred is “completely ridiculous […] and nothing is being done to stop them.” Emily does not watch, play, or read R rated material often except for occasional games she plays with her brothers. She also revealed that she often becomes emotional towards certain types of media such as movies or books. However, the fact that she gets emotional often causes different types of mental problems such as anxiety and depression.  When she gets sad she’ll listen to sad music so that she can, “feel the emotion to its strength.” This causes her to take some of the more negative lyrics to heart. Emily listens to a mix of music and thinks that she may take some of the darker words seriously. She sees herself as a more negative person due to her poor mental health. The number of tragic events that have occurred in her life have led to some of the negative characteristics that she has developed.  

There have been at least 18 school shootings nationwide so far in 2018, most got no news coverage beyond local stations. Students all around the country live in fear while also being told by society to keep their heads down and move on. Both Tucker and Emily agree that the country is essentially taking these events and pushing them under the rug. A way to prevent this issue is to take more time to recognize these events and find more permanent solutions so that this tragic routine doesn’t continue. R ratings should be tweaked to fit today’s standards of violence and other aspects, because the current rating doesn’t seem to be so relevant anymore. Mental health should also be taken into greater consideration because desensitization can cause or go hand in hand with poor mental health. Poor mental health can lead to more problems to the victim and those around them. 

To conclude, teen desensitization is a growing issue not only nationwide, but locally, as well. Desensitization can be caused by music, frequent exposure to tragic events, and frequent exposure to R rated material. This problem can be prevented by taking different approaches to refrain from ignoring tragic events and mental health which can cause teens to get into an endless routine of indifference. No teen or even adult is exempt to the possibility of becoming desensitized to tragic events and can become increasingly more violent due to this condition. This increased violence can lead to problems in the future; however, all of it can be stopped by reducing the desensitization in teens before they grow up or engage in a violent activity while they’re still young.  

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Music is one of leading causes behind teenage desensitization. The violent lyrics can be taken seriously by the listener causing possible violent tendencies.

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