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March 08, 2011

Watching risky behavior increases risks!!

REGENSBURG: According to US researchers, a review of 25 years of research finds people exposed through the media to risky behaviors such as unprotected sex are at greater risk!

Lead author Peter Fischer, a psychology professor at the University of Regensburg in Germany, said video games that glorify risk were more likely to prompt dangerous behavior than passive exposure, such as watching films or listening to music.
Fischer & colleagues examined U.S. & European studies conducted from 1983 to 2009 involving more than 80,000 participants ages 16-24, although some samples included older & younger participants.

"It appears from our meta-analysis that risk-glorifying media has potentially grave consequences, such as innumerable incidences of fatalities, injuries & high economic costs in a broad variety of risk-taking domains, such as substance abuse, reckless driving, gambling & risky sexual behavior," Fischer said in a statement. "These results support recent lines of research into the relationship between risk taking and the media." For instance, a study of 961 young adults found those who watched movies showing people drinking were more likely to drink more & 've alcohol-related problems later in life. Similar finding were found in studies involving smoking. The findings are published in Psychological Bulletin.

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