One Reason Youtube Videos Are Awesome
October 18, 2012 2 Comments
Their portrayal of violence is both more-realistic and more-negative. Oh, and there’s also less of it:
In this content analysis, we examined violence in Web-based entertainment. YouTube videos (N = 2,520) were collected in 3 different categories: most viewed, top rated, and random, with additional comparisons between amateur and professional content. Frequencies of violent acts and the context of violence (e.g., characteristics of perpetrator and victim, justification, consequences) were compared both between these categories of YouTube videos and with existing research on television violence. The results showed far less violence as a percentage of programming on YouTube than there is on television. Moreover, the violence that was present showed more realistic consequences and more negative context than television violence. Post hoc comparisons illustrated several differences in the presentation of violence between make and category of video.
The good news is that the long-run trend is toward less television and more Youtube-ish videos. If kids are in fact getting brainwashed by what they see on TV, the future should be one in which people are more fearful of violence.