In a youth violence report released Jan. 18, U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher said exposure to media violence "increases children's physically and verbally aggressive behavior in the short term [and] also increases aggressive attitudes and emotions," which are sometimes linked to violent behavior. However, the report, which is expected to be widely cited, also said evidence that seeing violent media has any long-term behavioral effects is "inconsistent." Mr. Satcher added that there is not yet proof that reducing media violence has significant effects, calling it "largely uncharted territory" and suggesting further research is needed. The report, which mainly deals with other causes of violence, is available at www.surgeongeneral.gov.
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