Hunger For Violence

Hunger For Violence

 

The recent box office mega-hit ‘The Hunger Games’ caused a groundswell of controversy with kid-on-kid violence being a central element of the plot. Many commentators and concerned citizens spoke out to voice their belief that the visual theatrical depiction of kid-on-kid violence would have a much more detrimental societal effect than simply reading about it.  But as it turns out, most adults who viewed the film feel that the level of violence is OK for tweens and teens.

  • 52% of Women felt that the level of violence in the movie was ‘Just Right’, but 28% felt that it was ‘Too graphic’.  And another 19% felt the violence was ‘Not graphic enough’.  These numbers suggest more acceptance than rejection of the kid-on-kid violence.
  • 46% of Men felt that the level of violence in the movie was ‘Just Right’ and another 33% felt the violence was ‘Not graphic enough’.  Only 22% felt that it was ‘Too graphic’.  This suggests a much higher tolerance for kid-on-kid violence than seen among the women.

Source: Front Porch Research online survey of 720 rep adults and 249 “Hunger Games” movie watchers and book readers. March 29, 2012 Photo Credit: Murray Close. Copyright © Lions Gate Entertainment

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