The classic Public Service Announcement of a frying egg helped adults and kids alike visualize the dramatic impacts of our brains on drugs. Because of the illegality and obvious side effects, the War on Drugs became a national movement, and is still being waged today.
Violence in the media, while not so obvious, is showing the same addictive components of the drugs the nation has fought against for decades. Any mom who has tried to remove a gaming device from their son’s hands knows the reaction it can cause. Can TV, movies, video games and cell phones really cause addiction? We have gathered research on media violence, advice on the warning signs of media addiction, and tips to prevent media addiction and what to do if you think your child is addicted.