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Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. Hugh Mackay#Dating 144
Hugh Mackay#Dating 144
Still, most of those effects occur in the context of harmless play and it is patently obvious that children are not normally turned into aggressive little monsters by TV or video games, since most children do not become aggressive little monsters. Hugh Mackay#Aggressive 72
Hugh Mackay#Aggressive 72
I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties. Hugh Mackay#Attraction 68
Hugh Mackay#Attraction 68
But the rule seems to be that the bigger and more life-changing the decision, the less it will seem like a decision at all. Hugh Mackay#Bigger 67
Hugh Mackay#Bigger 67
Although we love the idea of choice - our culture almost worships it - we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable. Hugh Mackay#Almost 65
Hugh Mackay#Almost 65
So, if falling crime rates coincide with the rise of violent video games and increasing violence on TV and at the cinema, should we conclude that media violence is causing the drop in crime rates? Hugh Mackay#Causing 64
Hugh Mackay#Causing 64
Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than worrying too much about which programs our children are watching, we should concentrate on trying to reduce the total amount of time they spend in front of the screen. Hugh Mackay#Amount 55
Hugh Mackay#Amount 55
The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture? Hugh Mackay#Education 52
Hugh Mackay#Education 52
Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV. Hugh Mackay#Believe 51
Hugh Mackay#Believe 51
The underlying message of the Lancet article is that if you want to understand aggressive behaviour in children, look to the social and emotional environment in which they are growing up, and the values they bring to the viewing experience. Hugh Mackay#Aggressive 50
Hugh Mackay#Aggressive 50
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