Once our society used to be peaceful and full of love and co-operation. But now it presents an altogether different picture. Tension prevails everywhere. Everyone is under an enormous pressure. There are many factors responsible for this state of affairs. Poverty, lack of Social security, injustice, cut-throat competition are Some of the major causes. But the results are horrible. Street quarrels, the use of abusive language on roads, disrespect of fellow citizens at public places are the signs which shows that all is not well. Good humour is absolutely absent. Everyone seems to be exploding. Consequently, we find violence everywhere.
People of different age groups have problems of different nature. Young children Complain that their parents do not devote proper time to them and their going to various places of entertainment are quite infrequent. They get frustrated and become violent. Similarly, boys and girls have enormous educational and social pressures. Ever increasing competition keeps them restless If unfortunately they fail to get their aims, they become disappointed and turn violent.
Grown up people, both young and old, are leading exceedingly busy life these days. They have to sustain enormous pressure at the places of their work, in markets, on roads and ever at homes. The maddening effects of these pressures are writ on their faces. Everyone around seems to be batting. This is damaging their physical and mental health. At times they become so violent that the results are unbearable. Quarrels over minor issues have become a matter of routine in our Society.
All these are minor expressions of violence in our society. In the same society, we now find organized acts of violence. Planned murders and dacoities speak of the poor law and order situation in our society. Nobody feels secure. Life and property is at risk all the time. Gunpoint robbery is the order of the day. Most of the people involved in such acts of violence are young boys between fifteen to twenty-five. It is a matter of concern that our youth is going in the wrong direction.
Sociologists suggest that people often adopt aggressive behaviour by observing and following role models. TV, movies and video games throw a flood of programmes. showing violence and aggression. The use of low level of language is becoming common. The teenagers who view such aggressive movies, TV shows and play violent video games are more likely to show such behaviour in real life. The violence factor in the entertainment world is adversely affecting our youth. This is the age of the media. But unfortunately, the programmes presented on it are sensational and violent. The present-day entertainment provides a contrast to the entertainment of the past that used to be peaceful and thought-provoking.
The young people of the present time are justified in thinking the world as a mean and dangerous because this type of the world is shown to them ih the media. Consequently, they imitate such violent acts to fit the scene well. The media also shows aggressive people successful. So violent and aggressive heroes have become our youth’s ideals. Their whole style of thinking is changed. Death for them is not tragedy or grief at all. It simply looks like disappearing from the TV or monitor screen. This is why they fearlessly kill other people or die themselves in the process. Unfortunately, they completely forget that the real life never gives a second chance to live.
There are numerous movies that have presented bloodshed in a manner that arouses pleasure and entertains the audience. In such movies, violence looks pleasing, graceful and dazzling. in video games, in particular, the player commits acts of violence with a sense of joy.
These days the whole world is in the grip of the wave of terrorism. Various TV channels keep on showing news-reels of suicide bombing or other such criminal acts. This thing also thrills the minds of the youngsters who are already prone to violence. This is why many young men offer themselves as scapegoats for such acts. Newspapers are also full of the news and views on these issues. Such articles or news Sections Stir the young minds and they start going in the wrong direction. Modern psychologists are Conducting researches on these aspects of entertainment and it is likely that some sort of restrictions will be imposed on the media. These restrictions will be justified because when man does not remain sensitive to brutality he turns a beast.